Ghana:COVID-19 tax expected to generate GHc887.7million – GRA

By Maxwell Nkansah

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has revealed that the newly-introduced COVID-19 levy is projected to generate GHc887.7million.

For the Financial Sector levy, the GRA said, an amount of GHS217million is expected to be generated.

Assistant Commissioner at the Commissioner General’s Office, Mr. Dominic Naab, said these in an interview with Dzifa Bampoh on the First Take on 3FM Tuesday May 4. Ghana’s Parliament has passed tax laws and amendments. The government these taxes were to enable authorities deal with the ravages of the virus on the economy.

These taxes include the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021, Act 1068; Penalty and Interest Waiver Act, 2021, Act 1065; Income Tax (Amendment) Act, 2021, Act 1066; Energy Sector Levies (Amendment) Act, 2021, Act 1064; Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (Amendment) Act, 2021, Act 1063  To provide the requisite resources to address these challenges and fund these activities, government is proposing the introduction of a Covid-19 Health Levy of a one percentage point increase in the National Health Insurance Levy and a one percentage point increase in the VAT Flat Rate to support expenditures related to Covid-19,” the budget statement for the 2021 fiscal year said.

These taxes have resulted in the increment in fuel prices, a situation that has raised concerns among the Ghanaian public. Mr. Dominic Naab told Dzifa that “In the case of COVID-19 we are looking at generating about 887.7million Ghana. In the case of the financial sector recovery levy we are looking at GHS217 million.

He said as for the VAT, the GETFund and the NHIL they are looking at 1, 039, 3.7 million Ghana cedi’s. So these are the projections that they are making. The remaining projections until they are able to actually achieve that. He further stated that the GRA is working hard to ensure that all persons who are supposed to pay taxes do so.

“We are not relying on the traditional tax payers. We are trying to also unearth others that actually are not paying”. According, they will have a neighbor who is always walking around, he is working but he doesn’t file. There are some who even sit in their homes using the cyber specie and ecommerce, they are not paying.

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