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Workers’ union at GRA urge govt to provide assistance to improve revenue collection

The Ghana Revenue Authority Workers Union (GRAWU) has urged the government to support GRA with the right technology and resources to boost revenue collection.

Addressing the 10th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Accra, Mr Theophilus Kwesi Ehun, the Chairman of GRAWU, said the GRA was prepared to engage the government on ways that would enhance revenue collection.

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“Whatever strategy, whatever idea that it is that will help our work, that is what we stand to do. Without GRA, we have no union, and without GRA, the economy cannot also thrive. So we call on the government that our doors are opened.”

The NEC meeting, which was held on the theme “Transparency and Fairness in Tax System Revenue Mobilization: The Role of Labor,” aimed to promote transparency and efficient tax administration.

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Mr. Ehun stressed that the GRA staff’s dedication and commitment were instrumental in achieving revenue targets.

He underscored GRA’s vital role in the economy, noting that without GRA, the union wouldn’t exist, and the economy would struggle.

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In an address delivered on behalf of the Commissioner of Customs, Alhaji Seidu Iddrisu Iddisah, Assistant Commissioner Mr. Fechin Akoto emphasized that transparency and fairness in the tax system were essential for boosting revenue mobilization. He highlighted the crucial role of labor in this process.

He emphasized that a robust tax system was vital for a nation, enabling investments in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and social services. Conversely, a system perceived as opaque or unfair breeds discontent and discourages compliance.

Mr. Iddisah reiterated GRA’s commitment to enhancing transparency in its operations. This includes simplifying tax codes, providing clear and accessible information to taxpayers, and ensuring efficient communication channels for inquiries and feedback.

“By demystifying the tax system, we empower citizens to understand their obligations and contribute meaningfully,” he said, adding that fairness was essential to ensure that certain segments did not disproportionately carry the burden while a select few avoid their fair share,” he said.

He encouraged Ghanaian workers to support progressive tax structures that ensure high-income earners contribute proportionally.

He also emphasized the importance of educating members about their tax obligations and the benefits of a robust revenue system.

“Together, through transparency and fairness, we can build a tax system that is not just efficient but also inspires trust and fosters a sense of shared responsibility amongst all Ghanaians,” he added.

“And we know that last year or so there were dismissals. But there’s still room to do more because it’s still happening. It’s still the elephant in the room in the banking sector and needs to be highlighted, and discussed and ways to see how it can be banished,” she added.

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