The Agotime-Ziope District Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has embarked on a sensitization campaign throughout the District to drive home the need for all businesses and individuals to render their tax obligations to the State.
The two-month long exercise saw over eighty (80) engagements with Communities, Identifiable Groups, Faith-Based Organizations, Dawn to Dusk broadcasts and Discussions on Community Information Centers.
In all the engagements, citizens were referred to article 41 (j) of the 1992 Constitution which admonished all citizens to declare their income honestly to the appropriate and lawful agencies and satisfy all tax obligations; as the bases for which they should pay tax.
At the Assemblies of God Church-Kpetoe, the District Director of NCCE, Mr. Christian Ahiawodzi charged the congregation to religiously pay their taxes to the Government just as they pay tithe to God.
He said no nation can develop without taxes and that Ghana can develop only if every citizen pays their taxes to the government. Referring to several infrastructural challenges; such as bad roads, inadequate and sub-standard health facilities, lack of classrooms and Teaching and Learning Materials for schools, and many more that bedevil us as a country, he said the government cannot do without taxes in providing these amenities.
A programmes Officer, Mr. Carl Wotordzor, spoke on the various types of taxes and charged the members to take note of the categories that they fall into and pay accordingly. He also advised business owners and workers among the congregation to register for their Tax Identification Number (TIN). He said going forward; some transactions that every working citizen intends to do would require the use of the TIN. This is to help widen the tax net.
On his part, the Head Pastor of the Church, Rev. Paul Nutsua, said the time has come for Ghanaians to learn from developed nations with regards to honouring their tax obligations. He said tax evasion is not only a crime but is a sin as well, because the Bible in Romans 13:7 asked all Christians to render taxes to whom taxes is due.
These engagements were done under the theme: “Our Taxes, Our Future” and in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), a body mandated to collect taxes on behalf of the Government.