- Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has accused some top lawyers and business men in Ghana for not paying their taxes
- According to him, it was through taxes that government generates the revenues to meet those obligations
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has hit back at lawyers and business owners who criticise government on social media, insisting they are the same people who are reluctant to pay their taxes.
The Minister said persons who complain about government’s failure to provide certain public services should also endeavour to declare their incomes.
Speaking at an Economic Forum organized by the Danquah Institute (DI), he explained that it is through taxes that government generates the revenues to meet those obligations.
He said many well-to-do Ghanaians have the means to contribute their taxes, but are often reluctant to do so.
“…there are lawyers, big business owners in the country, yet they refuse to declare their income,” Mr. Ofori-Atta said. “They have the resources and knowledge to make their fair contribution but simply refuse to pay their taxes.”
“And yet, will shout the loudest on social media and any given forum about how government is failing in delivering public service.”
The Finance Minister said “such men and women are all around us. Unfortunately, they sit on the front pews of the churches.” He added: “Our founding fathers encouraged us to build a nation where every Ghanaian is free and empowered to have access to education, skills and job opportunities in an ever-expanding economy to contribute fully to nation-building and self-enactment in a free and progressive society.”
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The forum held at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons focused on how to bridge the tax gap between the formal and informal sectors.
The theme for the forum was: ‘Bridging The Gap Between The Formal And Informal Economy: The Role Of Domestic Revenue Mobilization In An Era Of Ghana Beyond Aid.’
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