The Ghana Revenue Authority has held a sensitization seminar at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra to educate and solicit feedback on the proposed e-payment platform for Personal Income Tax, Vehicle Income Tax (VIT) and the Tax Stamp.
In a presentation, Mr Patrick Frimpong Danso, from the Office of the Commissioner for Domestic Tax Revenue said that the move from the hard-copy to a Stickerless System for payment of taxes such as the Vehicle Tax will help to improve Ghana's ranking on the Ease of Doing Business Report, reduce cost and time required by taxpayers to comply with tax laws, provide a convenient, simple way to pay taxes and also make the Ghana Revenue Authority's Services easily accessible to all.
The Platform, according to Mr Danso, will allow taxpayers to make payments via mobile money and also allow the Authority to tax Uber Ghana for their services by appointing them as Withholding Tax Agents.
He added that the e-VIT will help to abolish the fake stickers circulating in the system and also provide tax payers with e-receipts for payments made or updates when renewals are due .
With a simple short-code *901*111#, tax payers can easily access the platform to register and make payments. The GRA will also mandate tax force officers, the police and DVLA officials to check for compliant taxpayers using a specific USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) code.
It will again allow association leaders and groups to make payments on behalf of their members and ensure their members are compliant. Without a personal phone, taxpayers can still engage the services of mobile money operators.
Assistant Commissioner in Charge of Communications and Public Affairs Unit of the GRA, Mr Bobbie Ansah, said that the Authority's operations such as Filing of Annual Tax Returns, Submission of self assessment estimates and more have largely been manual hence their decision to go digital with the implementation of the paperless port system spearheaded by the Vice-President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.
Recently, the Authority also launched the Integrated Tax Application and Preparation System (iTAPS) to enable individuals file their annual personal income tax electronically.
Mr Ansah said that the decision to use the mobile money platform for transport operators to pay their Vehicle Income Tax will be of great benefit to commercial transport operators who have to pay quarterly tax through the Vehicle Income Tax Sticker System and Small Scale self-employed persons who pay quarterly taxes through the tax stamp system.
"When the system is fully developed after soliciting your inputs through the national sensitization program, GRA will be happy to inform you of our plans", Mr Ansah added.