GRA denies harassing CEO of Angel Group

The Ghana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) has said its attention has been drawn to a video recording of an interview given by Blessed Godsbrain Smart (Captain Smart) a morning show host of Angel TV and a news item circulating on social media alleging GRA’s harassment of Dr Kwaku Oteng, Owner and President of Angel Broadcasting Network led to his suspension.

The GRA noted that in the said interview, Captain Smart further alleges that this harassment was as a result of his criticism of top government officials and the Government in general.

“The Authority wishes to empathically state that the allegations of harassment by GRA are unfounded and false.

“Management of GRA thus wishes to react to the allegations as follows: The mandate of the GRA is to identify and ensure that all persons who earn income, file their tax returns and pay the appropriate taxes to the state.

“To ensure adherence to these obligations, taxpayers are engaged through various means such as serving of reminders, imposition of interest and penalties and enforcement activities to engender compliance.

“In line with the above, the GRA has at various times communicated with Dr Oteng as part of measures to ensure compliance with tax obligations as it does with all taxpayers. The Authority, wishes to state that at no point in time did GRA harass Dr Oteng as alleged.

“The Authority wishes to assure taxpayers and the general public that in dealing with our clients we follow documented processes and procedures. GRA encourages all taxpayers to comply with the four main tax obligations i.e register, file returns, pay the taxes due and make full disclosure.

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“We further wish to indicate that GRA cherishes the good relationship it has with its taxpayers and will not do anything to mar the relationship which is in our mutual interest of contributing to the development of our dear country.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana