Glo Ghana on Tuesday October 30, 2018, escaped the near closure of its headquarters in Accra over a GHS10 million tax default.
Before the incident at Spintex, there was a crunch meeting between officials of Glo and the debt management and tax compliance enforcement unit of Ghana Revenue Authority for more than an hour, where the company issued a cheque for GHS2 million out of the GHS10 million debt.
Some workers, as a result of the incident, have packed out after an initial attempt by GRA officials to shut down the place.
Mr Kwasi Bobia-Ansah, the Assistant Commissioner Communications and Public Affairs of the GRA, said the company had been directed to come to the authority’s offices to discuss timelines for paying the difference.
Some of the workers who expressed their reservations during the incident, complained about the closure.
“They will collect the money and cripple the business. One they cripple the business, we’ll go back to where we’re coming from.
Some noted that such an incident would not have happened in Nigeria, adding, “We’ll pay this money but our reputation would have been damaged. How would you repair the injured reputation,” they said.
It would be recalled that the incident was not the first time the GRA is shutting down the offices of Glo.
On July 26, 2017, the GRA closed down Glo’s offices over unpaid taxes. The telecom operator’s offices at the Industrial area and Spintex Road were shut down by a GRA task force.
The authority noted, GLO at the time, had failed to pay over GHS11 million in taxes.
The GRA at the time noted that the company had since June 10, 2016, failed to fulfil its tax obligations in spite of numerous reminders and cautions from the GRA.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe