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NPP Youth Oganaizer challenges the GRA over their method of tax collecting in Ashanti region

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has come under fire from Henry Nana Boakye, known simply by his stage name Nana B, the National Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), for stationing its officers at stores, restaurants, and other establishments to record sales of goods for tax purposes.

According to him, the tactic would only have been appropriate if it had been directed at companies that, as shown by a mass of information, had been avoiding or understating their taxes.

According to the NPP National Organiser, the common practice of stationing revenue officers at enterprises is unproductive, authoritarian, repressive, and suppressive.

"We are not in normal times; businesses and people are suffering the most from the twin global crises and their accompanying economic misery, and the least that can be expected of the GRA is to monitor traders against whom no tax evasion judgments have been made," Nana B fires.

"In this era of technology, GRA should use hospitable and pleasant methods of revenue collection strategy that foster revenue assurance," the statement continued. This tactic is ineffective and lame since revenue officers posted at these stores and establishments may be persuaded to help owners evade or underreport their taxes. Instead, he continued, "GRA should work to minimize human contact in revenue collection and use technical tools to collect taxes from businesses."

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