Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said he had a meeting with some traders from Makola and Okaishie markets on Monday, July 5, 2021, on their concerns concerning the operation of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
Present at the meeting were Yaw Osafo Maafo (Senior Presidential Advisor), Abena Osei Asare (Deputy Minister of Finance), Mr. Amishadai Owusu Amoah (Commissioner-General, Ghana Revenue Authority), Mrs. Georgina Kusi (Member of the Council of State), and other officials.
The traders, the Vice-President said, “narrated stories of alleged intimidation, bullying and harassment by some Ghana Revenue Authority official and Accra Metropolitan Assembly officials through audits, seizures, shop closures, etc”.
He said a “re-examination of the manner of tax collection in this largely informal sector is needed”.
The Ministry of Finance, GRA, and the city council were, therefore, tasked to come up with a “friendly system that will ensure easy assessment of and compliance with taxes for mutual benefit”.