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Gov't to support GRA in tech innovations

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the Ghana Revenue Authority that government would continue to support the authority in adopting technological innovation to enable service delivery.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the Ghana Revenue Authority that government would continue to support the authority in adopting technological innovation to enable service delivery.

 

The President noted that government recognizes the challenges the authority faces in its attempt to cast the tax net wider to embrace as many operators as possible especially from the informal sector.

He gave the assurance in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Planning, George Gyan Baffour, at the opening ceremony of the 38th Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators Annual Technical Conference in Accra.

"As part of solutions, government has already leveraged technology to introduce a digital property addressing system and will soon introduce a national identity card system," he said.

He disclosed that the move would help formalize the economy and help the tax administration body to easily locate businesses and potential taxpayers for registration.

He stated that technology had developed to the extent that commonwealth tax administrators, from developing countries, who do not adopt to the new reform are doing themselves a disservice.

He added that developing countries are at risk of loosing the trust and confidence of their people if they do not mobilize enough revenue to meet the citizens expectations.

"The availability of ICT today affords governments and their respective tax administrations the opportunity to leverage technology to enhance revenue administration," he said.

In his welcome address, CATA’s Chairman,  Sudhamo Lal said that the conference brings together a rich diversity of countries in terms of culture, tradition and difference stages economic development.

He acknowledged that the vast majority of people are transacting business online, hence the new set of taxpayers no longer consider paper based channels as effective.

He said that there was the need to meet taxpayers expectations through technologically accustomed officers and simplify the service delivery experience.

The Commissioner-General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti said that the current crop of tax administrators in "the commonwealth owe it a duty to pass on to future generation a more robust, functional, progressive and result-driven organization."

He added that GRA is poised, in enabling CATA's mission come to light by addressing members to develop effective tax administration to promote sustainable development and good governance.

He stated that the conference would enable Ghana and the developing countries in the Commonwealth learn and benefit from the experiences of their developed counterparts on how modern technology can productively impact on revenue administration.

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