The Medium Tax Office (MTO) of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the Central Region exceeded its revenue target in excess of GH¢4,195,550.00 for 2018.
Of the targeted GH¢36,849,658.95, it raked in more than GH¢41,045,208.49 representing 11.38 per cent.
The MTO also collected GH¢4,410,010.91 in January 2019, exceeding its estimated target of GH¢3,908,529.90 increasing marginally by 21.3 in February.
Mr Charles Asilevi-Amuzu, Senior Revenue Officer at the Cape Coast MTO disclosed this at a press soiree organised by the GRA for the media in the region in Cape Coast on Tuesday.
The event was held to fraternise with journalists and also acknowledge their immense role in educating the public on tax compliance among others and aiding the GRA in its achievements.
Mr Asilevi-Amuzu attributed the giant strides in revenue mobilisation to increased public education on tax compliance, compliance visitations, and tax auditing to review the records of taxpayers on their returns among others.
To sustain the gains, he indicated that his outfit had initiated various programmes to encourage individuals such as traders and commercial drivers to fulfill their civic obligations.
It should not be lost on anybody’s part that paying taxes was vital to the building of a prosperous and self-reliant nation, he said, adding that, “Ghanaians must appreciate voluntary tax compliance as a civic responsibility.”
Mr Asilevi-Amuzu, explained that taxpayers were required to file their tax returns by April 30, as the authority strives to introduce electronic filling of tax returns by June this year, to make the process more flexible and transparent to all.
Mr Peter Elolo K. Darrah, Office Manager at the Cape Coast Small Tax Office (STO), reiterated calls on Ghanaians to obtain their Tax Identification Number (TIN), insisting that it should be done at no cost to the taxpayer.GNA