Manager for Small Taxpayer office in Bolgatanga, Mr Mark-Donald Pwawari, has commended State-Owned Agencies and Departments, individuals and organisations for participating in the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) taxpayer returns clinics.
He said institutions in the health sector, education, private organisations and individuals among others participated in the clinics and picked forms for their employees to fill for their personal tax returns among others.
Mr Pwawari made this known in Bolgatanga and noted that the clinics were part of measures to bring the taxpayer returns system closer to the citizenry to enable them honour their tax obligations by coming to the GRA post stations at vantage points to file their returns as mandated by law.
He said paying tax was an important component in man’s life as it was the central point that could foster rapid development for the people in the community, adding that a community could only develop when all its members contributed.
He said collectively contributing resources such as money to provide basic socio-economic amenities for the wellbeing of the people was normal and should therefore be encouraged.
According to him, it was beneficial for one to pay tax on time, because the person stood to benefit certain reliefs such as personal tax relief, which allowed government to exempt one from certain taxations or reduce one’s tax contributions every month.
He explained that government would grant the taxpayer personal tax relief when the person had some responsibilities including; marriage, children and old age among others to perform, which would however be calculated to reduce the tax burden on the taxpayer.
The taxman, charged parents and the school community to inculcate and educate other community members on the need to pay tax.