The Ghana Revenue Authority says some 5000 Ghanaian business owners have evaded their tax obligations, despite operating various forms of businesses in the country.
The Assistant Commission of GRA, Dr. Charles Addae, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, July 28 2021, added that the perpetrators were predominantly resident in some of the top ten affluent communities in the country.
“When we look at the records, we have seen 5,000 people that are high potential individuals who have businesses and living within Ghana. I am not talking about Greater Accra alone. They have houses in places like East Legon and other affluent areas,” he revealed.
Dr. Addae also disclosed that these tax evaders did not even have tax identification numbers. Accordingly, he noted that the Authority would commit to taking appropriate action against them.
“However, we have been able to identify their telephone numbers and they do not have tax identification numbers (TIN) so we are chasing them.”
The GRA has subsequently admonished defaulters to redeem themselves under the existing government’s penalty and interest waiver regime, in order to avert any punishment in the future.