Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)
The enforcement team of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), on Wednesday embarked on a sensitization exercise to companies, retailers and shops that produce, import and sell beverages, bottled water, and carbonated drinks, sprites and wine to check the extent of their compliance of the excise tax stamps.
The exercise was part of measures to assess the compliance level and to educate the people involved on the need to use the Excise Tax Stamps on all their products and remove from their shelves those products that did not have the stamps.
Tax stamps are small stickers with security features, supplied by government to some manufacturers and importers to affix to their products before they are release onto the market. The stamps once fixed on a product provides significant guarantee that the products are authentic.
The companies visited include Melcom Avenor branch, Westhills Mall, Max Mart and GIHOC distilleries.
Mr Kwasi Bobie-Ansah, Assistant Commissioner, in charge of Public Affairs, said the exercise was to ensure compliance of the Excise Tax Stamp, saying their observation so far was that some of the retailers were doing selective compliance where some of the products have the stamps while others do not have.
He said what the GRA wanted was total compliance and therefore they had asked them to remove those products that did not have the stamps from their shelves until they were fixed.
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