GRA Launches ‘Attack’ On Debtors

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), yesterday embarked on a special operation aimed at recovering a total of GH¢8,232,370.31 owed by four companies located in Accra.

The companies were Databank Ltd and its two subsidiaries, which owe GH¢1.6 million, and African Automobiles Ltd, which owes GH¢6,487.00

The exercise was undertaken by the Debt Management and Compliance Enforcement Unit of the GRA in collaboration with the Large Taxpayer Office with a warrant from the Commissioner –General of the GRA as stipulated by Law.

The action was necessitated by failure of the companies to pay the amount, despite several warnings from the GRA.

The law stipulates that the Commissioner- General, under Section 34 (3) of the Value Added Tax Act 1998 and Section 136 of Internal Revenue Act 2000, Act 592, shall cause the GRA to confiscate assets belonging to tax defaulters and dispose of the assets if they fail to pay after 14 days.

When the task force got to Databank, the officials said they failed to pay the amount because they disputed the figure presented to them.

However, Databank paid GH¢800.000 by cheque, with a promise to clear the rest at the end of the month after the thorny issue of their real tax obligation has been resolved.

Drama, however, unfolded at the African Automobiles Ltd when the task force wanted to put the place under lock and key, as no management member showed up to own up for their tax liabilities.

According to the staff at the place, who put up some resistance, they were not workers of African Automobiles Ltd but rather worked for Auto Parts Ltd, which had rented the place.

They contended that they were not liable for African Automobiles Ltd’s tax obligation, therefore a lock up of the place would affect their operations. However, the place was closed-down.

Mr. Samuel Bentil, Chief Revenue Officer at the Debt Management Unit, said the place would remain under lock and key until the debt was settled.

By Lawrence Markwei

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