- Dr. Nduom has filed his tax returns for 2015.
- He has cahllenged Nana Akuffo Addo and president Mahama to also pay their taxes as leaders
- Dr. Nduom has called for an amendment to the provision in the constitution that exempts the president from paying taxes.
The 2012 flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has thrown a challenge to President Mahama and Nana Akufo- Addo to fulfill their tax obligations.
The flag bearer who doubles as president of Groupe Nduom said this at the offices of the Ghana Revenue service (GRA) in Accra where he filed his tax obligations for year 2015. Nduom handed over a cheque for the remaining C44, 481.13 of ¢146,248.13 from his chargeable income of GHC596, 332.53 for 2015.
Speaking to journalists shortly after filing his taxes with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Accra, Dr. Nduom, threw a challenge to Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President John Dramani Mahama to also file their taxes.
He noted that he is mandated to pay his tax because he it is his responsibility as a Ghanaian to do that and more so he is in a leadership position in this country. He added that the amount he had to pay is a lot and it is a substantial amount he could use for lots of things, but as a leader he has to lead by an example.
“I have done this since the 1980s; both from the USA and in Ghana. I have been filing all my tax returns”, he reiterated.
Dr. Nduom called on the many who like to talk in this country to also act in order to let everyone know that leadership by example is the best form of leadership. He said despite the fact that the 1992 constitution exempts the President from paying taxes, President Mahama must be guided by moral principles and pay his taxes so he can have the “moral authority” to collect taxes in the country.
Dr. Nduom also called on Ghanaians to rally behind the call for an amendment in the provision in the constitution to allow the President to pay taxes, adding that the president as a leader must pay taxes to allow him the moral right to demand taxes from citizens of the land.
Dr. Nduom also used the opportunity to bemoan the excessive taxation under the Mahama-led administration. According to him the numerous taxes are destroying livelihoods and collapsing companies.
“I have a factory, I also have a hotel and in many instances if you compare the utilities cost from December 2015, January and February 2016, some of them have gone up by over 200 percent. Now, our rates and charges haven’t gone up, we haven’t sacked any worker but because of the tax element it’s gone up. It’s not because we are using more electricity.”
He added that it is a wrong financial gain for a nation to tax its way to develop but rather it is best develop a country by lowering taxes and allowing business people the opportunity to expand on their businesses.
Dr. Nduom advised President Mahama to ensure the judicious use of taxes that Ghanaians pay and desist from using it to fund his political campaigns. He called on the President to put to good use the taxes he pays as a citizen for development and not to brand buses and distribute outboard motors with tax payers monies. Dr. Nduom is one of the forefront entreating all citizens to pay their taxes especially politicians.
Source: Nduom for Ghana