A/R: POLITICAL INTERFERENCE AFFECTS REVENUE COLLECTION IN ASHANTI REGION

POLITICAL INTERFERENCE AFFECTS REVENUE COLLECTION IN ASHANTI REGION

Political interference has been affecting tax collection in the Ashanti region, Mr Jerry Ayesu Okae, regional chairman for Ghana Revenue Authority’s Public Workers Union, has said.

He said the situation is preventing the GRA from collecting the expected revenue thereby reducing tax collection.

Mr Jerry revealed that, some of the traders in the Kumasi Central Business District (CBD) and industrial areas have not been paying taxes that are supposed to be paid by them because of their affiliation to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) since the region has been their stronghold.

He explained that, when the tax collectors go to the traders to collect revenue “they will tell you, we are members of the NPP, our party is in power, so if you do not take care we won’t vote”.

He cited a situation where some traders at the Kumasi central market protested against the GRA when they went there to collect tax in an interview with Onua FM’s Antwi Boasiako at the Mayday celebration in kumasi.

He added that,sometimes some people intervene to halt the tax collection.

Mr Ayesu indicated that almost all Artisans and Mechanics at Suame magazine do not pay tax, adding that not purposely they are members of the NPP but they run behind the government with threats not to participate in elections.

He disclosed that only one office in Accra, even collects more revenue than the whole Ashanti region collects due to political interference.

He pleaded with president Akufo Addo and Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to intervene in the matter so that the tax collectors can do their work successfully without any interference to collect more revenue to develop the nation.

Source: Koowaa.com/Antwi Boasiako

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