The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu constituency, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has revealed hoe the Ghana Revenue Authority failed to collect taxes worth GHS2.66 billion in the year 2018.
According to the lawmaker, the Government is pushing Ghanaians for it’s own inefficiency, collusion and corruption in the collection of taxes.
In a post, Hon. Okudzeto further added that the Ghana Revenue Authority is clearly in contempt of the Supreme Court for going ahead to implement the unconstitutional and repugnant E-Levy.
Read the Statement from the lawmaker below.
“When is government going to stop punishing every Ghanaian because of its own inefficiency, collusion and corruption?
The Auditor General reveals that in 2018 alone, the lawless GRA which is clearly in contempt of the Supreme Court for going ahead to implement the unconstitutional and repugnant E-Levy failed to collect a staggering GHS2.66 billion from businesses and wealthy individuals.
This is despite the millions of dollars struggling poor taxpayers spent on their rather opaque contract with the McKenzie Company Inc. in 2017 ostensibly to improve efficiency.
A government that enjoys compounding the burdens of the poor masses as it colludes with big businesses and connected individuals to evade taxes does not deserve our support to impose additional regressive revenue measures.
This is yet another evidence that what Ghana needs isn’t new draconian taxes but top-notch efficiency, accountability and a ruthless climate led by incorruptible leaders determined to punish corruption without selectivity.”