Ghana’s Revenue Authority shuts Down GLO Offices Over Unpaid Taxes

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Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has shut down two offices belonging to telecom operator, GLO over unpaid taxes.

The affected offices, located at Industrial Area and Spintex Road, both in the capital Accra, were shut down for failing to pay taxes close to GH12 million.

According to the GRA, the company has since 10th June 2016 refused to pay its taxes, despite numerous reminders and cautions.

This was disclosed when a task force from the GRA embarked on an exercise to close down companies that have defaulted in their tax obligation to the state.

Henry Bradford Sam, Head of the Taskforce, said the authority will continue to clamp down on all companies flouting the GRA Act to rake in the needed revenue for national development.

“These businesses have been served with several notices to voluntarily disclose and pay their taxes, lawful taxes that they have collected from you and I, but they have failed to make good their indebtedness, and in conformity with section 83 of the Revenue Administration Act, the Commissioner General has exercised his mandate to collect and recover, the full amount due, in terms of these taxes, duties and penalties,” he told pressmen in Accra after the exercise.

According to Mr. Sam, companies were given about a year to discuss modalities of tax payment with the GRA, but most of them refused.

“The time we have given them is between six months and one year. We just don’t get up and execute a distress order. We go through a process, we issue a demand notice, if the taxpayer fails to pay the demand notice, we issue final demand notice, sometimes personal visits, all in an attempt to elicit voluntary compliance, but when these attempts fail then we crack the whip,” he further explained.

“We will resort to the relevant section of the law to retrieve the taxes due from them,” he added.

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