According to the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is to be blamed for the behavioral late tax filling by taxpayers.
ACEP said, the GRA contributes to the challenge due to its inability to provide timely and adequate guidance to taxpayers.
ACEP mentioned, Ghana Revenue Authority has been largely unsuccessful in aggressively pursuing filed but unpaid tax returns, which are not in dispute, as well as outstanding conceded tax returns that are in dispute.
ACEP’s Executive Director, Benjamin Boakye, told media at a ‘Stakeholder’s workshop on addressing gaps to increase tax revenues in Ghana’,“consequently, penalties and interests on late payment cannot be enforced against the tax payer as poor coordination and communication among GRA’s segmented office structures also affect tax enforcement”.
Executive Director of ACEP, explained that low monitoring and weak field audits by the GRA, (due to low staff capacity and skills) leaves illicit financial flows undetected, especially in the extractive sector, while the large informal sector remains under-taxed.
He said, GRA does not have adequate staff who have strong background in taxation. The authority has faced challenges recruiting and retaining qualified staff due to political interferences and unsuccessful recruitment strategies”.
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