GRA storms shops and hotels to demand electronic tax invoices.


GRA storms shops and hotels to demand electronic tax invoices.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has stormed shops and hotels to inspect electronic tax compliance.

The exercise is part of moves by the GRA to ensure total compliance with the electronic VAT laws.

Some of the places visited were George Nyarko Ventures, Diva Cosmetics, and De Beniella Mothercare, all in Achimota.

Other places were Royal N’s Hotel in Amasaman, Lou-Ralph Hotel and Park View Hotel both in Dome.

The selected businesses engaged by the GRA to pilot the electronic-VAT initiative, aimed at improving transparency in tax collections.

The GRA arrested the Managers from the visited places to assist the Police CID in their investigations.

Speaking to the media after the exercise, the Accra Area Manager for Enforcement at the Ghana Revenue Authority, Joseph Annan said, some centres were suspected to be issuing VAT invoices outside the electronic system that was installed by the GRA.

According to him, they have arrested the managers of those branches and they’re sending them to the head office to take their statements then the CID will take over from there but their offence is the issuance of non-electronic VAT invoice which means that they are not issuing VAT through the electronic system.

He indicated that the exercise will continue as more centres are going to be rolled onto the system beyond this year.

Mr Annan therefore, urged the public to ensure they will receive electronic VAT receipts approved by the GRA when purchasing items from shops to improve transparency in tax collections.

Story by: Bright Boadi
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