Bringing the informal sector into Ghana’s Tax Net: GRA dialogues with PRINPAG

In order to enhance its public education drive on tax issues in the country, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has held a two-day sensitization workshop for members of the Private Newspapers Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG).

Themed “Bringing the Informal Sector into the Tax Net – the Role of the Media” the workshop afforded the Authority the opportunity to dialogue with the media and other stakeholders on innovative ways to rope the informal sector into the country’s tax net.

The Commissioner-General of the GRA Emmanuel Kofi Nti noted in his address that the Authority is of the believe that its collaborations with institutions such as PRINPAG will inure to the benefit of the national kitty.

He said the essence of the workshop is to train the Association members on the various tax issues as well as the challenges and to disseminate same to the Ghanaian public to help change attitudes towards the payment of taxes in the country.

Mr. Nti urged PRINPAG members to assist in the dissemination of tax information, the need for compliance and benefits of tax payment among others.

He outlined some interventions measures including the development of an e-payment platform to enable taxpayers in the informal sector to pay their taxes via mobile money and Electronic Point of Sales Device in real-time.

President of PRINPAG, Andrew Edwin Arthur, urged the GRA to prioritize the training of journalists in their tax advocacy issues because an informed media makes an informed society.

He promised that the Association would put the education to good use by relaying the relevant information to the public in their various publications

Over 70 journalists from over 60 media houses took part in the training.

Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson ||

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