GRA hands over alleged tax defaulters to police

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has handed over managers of three facilities to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Station for investigation into non-compliance of the country’s tax law.

The facilities are Champion Dishes, a Restaurant at Adabraka, Grace Has Found Us and Celeb’s all at Dansoman, were not issuing the Commissioner-General’s invoice as required by law.

Mr Joseph Annan, Area Enforcement Manager of GRA, in charge of Accra Central, told the Ghana News Agency that they had violated regulations of the Value Added Tax (VAT).  

He said the move was part of an ongoing nationwide VAT Invigilation exercise by the authority to retrieve taxes due the State.

Mr Annan said the police would carry out their investigations, “but for us as tax administrators, we will assess their books and then apply all the penalties and interest that are applicable.”

He reminded the public that it was an offence not to issue the VAT invoice and cautioned that the law would take its own course.

Mr Annan said the GRA as part of a nationwide invigilation would continue “to embark on mystery shopping exercises across the country to apprehend culprits evading tax. We will continue this exercise until our taxpayers do the needful.”

He said even though GRA would “audit books” the legal aspect would be handled by the CID, where they would prepare dockets for possible prosecution. – GNA

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