Bishop Obinim drags GRA to court over 'unlawful' deductions

Bishop Obinim drags GRA to court over 'unlawful' deductions

- Bishop Daniel Obinim has filed a suit against the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)

- He sued the GRA over what he calls unlawful deductions from his Fidelity Bank account

- The GRA garnished the pastor’s account due to his non-payment of rent taxes on a block of twenty-one units of shops

The Presiding Bishop of the International Godsway Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, has sued the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) over what he calls an unlawful deductions his Fidelity Bank account.

The GRA garnished the pastor’s account due to his non-payment of rent taxes on a block of twenty-one units of shop situated at Tema which he uses as a guest house.

Lawyer for the Applicant, Ralph Poku-Adusei in a statement of claim filed on behalf of Bishop Obinim is seeking nine reliefs from the Court.

Among them are “a declaration that, Obinim has paid all taxes due and demanded by GRA from the Plaintiff in respect of rents taxes payable on the Twenty-One (21) shops for the period of 2014 to 2018 and that; he does not owe in taxes in tune to the sum of GHC 769,095.87

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Bishop Obinim is however seeking “an order to set aside and/or strike out the Garnishment Notice issued at 10 am, June 27, 2019 by the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

It is the further prayer of the Bishop that an order for perpetual injunction restraining Fidelity Bank from placing lien on the his bank accounts and from paying any funds held in the his bank accounts and fixed deposits to the GRA in respect of the notice issued.

Additionally, Bishop Obinim seeks an order directed at the Fidelity Bank to remove any lien and/or charge placed on his funds in his bank accounts and all other fixed deposit investment held with the bank.

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The Ghana Revenue Authority on December 18, 2018 wrote to Bishop Obinim demanding payment of alleged tax liability of the sum of GHc 719,890.00.

GHc 28,990.00 of the said amount the GRA believes represents Rent taxes for the period of 2014 to 2018 on a block of twenty -one (21) units of shop situated at Tema and owned by Bishop Daniel Obinim.

The remaining GHc 690,900.00 according to the GRA represents Total Value Added Tax (VAT) charged for the period of 1st January 2016 to 31st July 2018 from the business operations of Abroso Guest House Limited, a separate Limited Liability corporate entity which is not under the management of Bishop Obinim.

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