Government to reward whistle-blowers who expose tax evaders with discount

Government to reward whistle-blowers who expose tax evaders with discount

- GRA to give discount to persons who report tax evaders

- Board chairman of GRA, Prof Adei, said his outfit will make an official announcement soon

- He said the GRA is owed over GHC 5 billion from tax evasion

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Ghanaians who expose persons evading taxes will be given a discount on their taxes according to the board chairman of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Professor Stephen Adei.

According to Prof. Adei, GRA wants to bring back an old practice that saw the authority reward persons who reported tax defaulters.

"When you evade tax, there’s a penalty; so when you pay, part of the penalty would be given to the person that brings out the case,” Prof Adei told JoyNews’ on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

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And we are talking lots of cash, sometimes up to GH¢250,000. So if you know someone doing hanky-panky let us know,” he noted.

He added that the GRA will very soon issue an official communique on the decision.

Prof Adei further revealed the GRA is owed about GHC5 billion from tax evasion and penalty alone.

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He also denied allegations that he sacked deputy finance minister, Kwaku Kwarteng, and deputy trade minister, Carlos Ahenkorah, from the Board.

Prof Stephen Adei noted that it is the government who appoints to and removes people from the GRA board. earlier reported that the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has pleaded with Ghanaians and voters to give him a second chance to be president of the republic.

The former president who is seeking a comeback noted that he has learned lessons and wants the opportunity to give Ghanaians hope again.

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