- Kumawood actress Mercy Asiedu has described as unfair a move by the Ghana Revenue Authority to tax actors and actresses
- She has called the bluff of GRA, asking the tax body to expand the Nsawam Prison for her and her colleagues to go there
- She said they pay for copyright and so it would “not make sense” for them to be taxed
Kumawood actress Mercy Asiedu has said she is ready to go to the Nsawam Prison rather than pay tax to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Mercy had described a move by the GRA to tax her and her other colleauges for every movie they shoot as unfair, adding that “it doesn’t make sense”.
This is contained in a report by Myjoyonline.com sighted by YEN.com.gh.
According to the actress, an attempt by the GRA to take taxes from her and her colleagues in the movie industry is unfair and does not make any sense.
The voluptuous actress was reportedly accosted by some personnel from the authority over the nonpayment of tax.
In an interview with Hitz FM, Mercy Asiedu narrated that some officers from the GRA called her colleague actor Lilwin while they were on set, and informed them that they had to pay tax for every movie they shoot.
Infuriated by the development, Mercy said she told the GRA officials that they already pay for copyrights, therefore, they will not pay the tax.
Mercy further called the bluff of the GRA and said the actors and actresses would choose going to jail over the “unfair” payment of tax.
“I also told them (the GRA) to tell the government to expand the Nsawam Prison because the actors and movie producers are willing to go to jail over the issue because we will not pay,” Mercy was quoted as saying.
The Kumawood actress admitted that a lot of them do not understand the law regarding payment of that tax and called on the tourism, arts and culture minister, Catherine Afeku, and related agencies, to educate them.
Mercy Asiedu disclosed that the actors and movie producers had sent a petition to government to complain about the low or no income they were making from movies.
“I, for instance, am not making any money from the movies and series I produce because people are not buying,” Mercy complained.
The actress also lamented the non-existent theatres for them to show their movies forcing them to go to the cinemas which take 60 percent of their profits whenever they premiere their movies at those venues.
She suggested that government should appoint someone from the creative arts industry as deputy minister for the sector because such a person is better placed to handle their issues, adding that Socrate Safo is the best option.
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