- The GRA has revealed that beneficiaries of the Free SHS would need to pay more taxes in future
- The Commissioner-General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti said the programme was some sort of investment
- According to him, he is paying taxes for the free education he enjoyed when he was a young student
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has announced that beneficiaries of the Free Senior High Education programme would probably be paying more taxes in the future.
According to the Commissioner-General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, the programme is an investment to build skilled labour pool which would translate to increase in payment of more taxes to the state in future.
Addressing the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop for members of Private Newspapers Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) held in Koforidua, Mr Nti said the was priviledged to enjoy free education when he was still a young student and as a result he pays not less than GHC10,000 a month as tax.
"The Free SHS will lead to a situation where the youth will be paying more taxes in their future. So it is like investment that is being made to collect more taxes later,” he said.
The Commissioner-General underscored the importance of revenue mobilization to the development of the country and the achievement of the “Ghana Beyond Aid” hence the Authority has over the past two years rolled out several innovative mechanism to encourage payment of taxes and maximize revenue.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that the Free Senior High School policy, introduced and implemented in 2017, will, from next month in September, have all students from SHS 1 to SHS 3 being its beneficiaries.
According to President Akufo-Addo, a total of 1.2 million children would be enrolled in the Senior High Schools.
The president made this known while delivering his keynote address at the 4th graduation ceremony of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, in the Bono Region.
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