President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that about 50,000 professionals have failed to comply with their tax obligations in the Country.
Speaking at Monday’s 2021 Ghana Bar Conference held at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, on the theme “ensuring an increase in revenue mobilisation through taxation for the purpose of accelerated national development: The role of the lawyer’, the head of state expressed disappointment at the increased rate where professionals have refused to abide by the nation’s tax laws, a situation he described as embarrassing.
“They appear to think, that being members of the learned profession puts them above compliance with everyday civic duties like paying taxes. It is embarrassing that lawyers are often on top of the list of those who flout our tax laws and use their expertise to avoid paying taxes,” the president stated.
He charged the membership of the legal front to as a matter of urgency pay their taxes consistently before the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) takes them on.
“They will soon be receiving friendly phone calls from the tax authority. I sincerely hope that those involved will swiftly move to regularize their tax affairs before the GRA moves to crack the whip,” the President stressed.