The Gushegu Municipality in the Northern Region has completed a tax compliance education campaign, sensitizing business entities and individuals in the Municipality on the need to pay tax to generate the needed revenue for the state to carry out development projects.
The two month-long exercise, which formed part of the nation-wide tax compliance sensitization exercise, was undertaken by the Gushegu Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Groups targeted as part of the exercise included artisans, transport operators, faith-based organizations, traditional authorities, opinion leaders, women’s groups, economic groups and taxable entities.
The NCCE in the Municipality also undertook dusk and dawn announcements in various communities on the need for all including informal sector operators to honour their tax obligations to the state to promote national development.
Mr Daniel Konlan Baminyan, Gushegu Municipal Director of NCCE, who briefed the Ghana News Agency after leading the exercise in the Municipality, said targeted groups were sensitized on types of taxes and the right of tax payers to demand accountability and development from public office holders.
Mr Konlan Baminyan advised all taxable entities and persons to register with GRA to pay tax so as to avoid embarrassment such as closure of business and payment of penalties when the tax laws were being enforced.
He was not happy that only few people including other big companies paid tax in the country to provide development for the entire population, calling on the informal sector, small businesses and traders to join in paying tax to the state.
He said groups sensitized in the Municipality called on GRA to open an office at Gushegu to make it easy for them to honour their tax obligations because travelling to Yendi to pay taxes presented additional costs to their operations.