Pulse.com.gh logo

Projections GRA targets GHC27.59 billion revenue for 2016

Domestic direct tax is also expected to bring in GHC11.513 billion this year.

  • Published:

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) projects to collect GHC 27.59 billion this year, Mr George Blankson, Commissioner General of the Authority, has said.

The Authority exceeded its 2015 target of 21.57 billion Ghana cedis by 620 million Ghana cedis at 22.17 billion Ghana cedis, a 29.3 percent increase over that of 2014.

Domestic direct tax is also expected to bring in GHC11.513 billion this year, while domestic indirect tax, and Customs are expected to bring in GHC5.916 billion and GHC10.159 respectively.

Addressing this year’s Annual Management Retreat in Ho, Mr Blankson   said though the 2016 revenue target was challenging, the Authority would do its best to achieve the stated target.

He attributed the excess revenue achieved in 2015 among others to increasing number of audits, regular external visits and inspection of taxpayers’ businesses to retrieve outstanding taxes and roping in operators in the informal sector.

Mr Blankson commended management and staff, especially the Revenue Taskforce for the achievement and charged them to do more in 2016.

He said infrastructure works were progressing on some offices of the Authority and the Revenue University at Kpetoe.

Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Seth Terkper, in a speech read on his behalf, said the Ministry had submitted proposals to the Speaker of Parliament to withdraw the one per cent tax on interest for individuals.

According to him, Parliament was also to reduce to 7.5 per cent withholding tax on services, which went to 15 per cent in the new Income Tax Act, 2015, (ACT 896).

“This clearly shows that, this government is a listening government…” he said, because it was not the intention of government to unduly burden the citizenry with a plethora of taxes, but to raise the required revenue to pursue the development agenda.

Mr Terkper said though payment of tax was not a pleasant experience for anybody, “taxation is the price we pay to live in civilized societies.”

He said the attainment of middle income status meant that the country must look within to mobilize revenue as concessionary loans were becoming difficult acquire.

Mr Terkper commended the GRA for exceeding its target in 2015 and urged the Authority to be more proactive in engaging the public through education on tax policies.

He also called on the Authority to engage an independent “think-tank” to assist in the public education of some of its tax policies to achieve results.

Board Chairman for the GRA, Mr Ralph Tufuor, congratulated the Authority for achievements in 2015 irrespective of challenges.

Togbe Kotoku XI, Paramount Chief of Kpenoe, on behalf the Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV urged the Authority to continually educate the public on their tax obligations.

The three-day retreat is on the theme, “The implementation Status of Strategic Plan 2015-2017 and Operational Plans-The Way Forward.”
Source: GNA

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Breaking Otabil finally breaks silence on banking controversiesbullet
2 Capital Bank Collapse Here are the roles of a non-executive board chairbullet
3 Nana Appiah Mensah Menzgold boss apologises to BoG after Twitter rantbullet
4 Investment banks in Ghana Top 5 investment banks in Ghana and why...bullet
5 Bank Collapse Capital Bank Board misused GHC 610 million from...bullet
6 Collapse Bank Here’s what former staffs of Capital Bank are...bullet
7 Banking Crises Sahel Sahara and Omni Bank become latest to mergebullet
8 Collapsed Banks Here are the auditing firms for the 7...bullet
9 Increment Fuel prices to go up again – IESbullet
10 Education Top 5 private high schools in Ghana...bullet

Top Videos

1 Former Capital Bank staff grills pork for survivalbullet
2 Forbes 2018 Africa's billionaires rich listbullet
3 New Discovery Ghana discovers new mineral, lithium in commercial...bullet
4 Money Alert Meet Africa's richest womanbullet
5 Support Finance minister buys Kantanka carbullet
6 Plane Crash Starbow suspends operations following plane crashbullet
7 Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong Nobody can collapse my company – JOSPONGbullet
8 Tech 6 reasons you should buy an iPhone SE instead of any...bullet
9 New Phone Nokia’s MWC 2018 Event in Under 10 Minutesbullet
10 New Phones Nokia MWC 2018 Event in 5 minutesbullet