The Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana, Sampson Asaki Awingobet has asked the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to take it easy on manufacturers as they seek to ensure compliance with the enforcement of the excise tax stamp policy.
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) as part its nationwide compliance enforcement of the excise tax stamp law in accordance with the Tax Stamp Act, 2013, Act 873 stormed some shops on Tuesday and confiscated products that were without tax stamps.
Leader of the compliance team, Spio Abaidoo told journalists the GRA will “make sure that any product that they have manufactured, which is going outside the premises, which is not affixed, we are going to stop that product”.
“So far, no product has moved out [of the factory] but we have spotted some products in there that will be moving out but they don’t have them [tax stamps]. So, we know that the violation is already in place,” he added.
Speaking to Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM, Mr. Awingobit argued that enforcement of the policy must not be forced down the throat of manufacturer, but rather, it should be done gradually as to ensure total compliance.
He also wants the GRA to reconsider the addition of water and carbonated drinks to the policy, citing how the inclusion of such products led to it collapse in Kenya.
“The policy must not be rushed; the GRA should listen to us and not turn a deaf ear to our concerns. Before you bring any law to this country, it is tried and tested somewhere, it succeeded and it good for that matter we also need it as people of Ghana. Tax stamp is in Kenya but they didn’t start with all goods different from what we are doing here on tax stamp.
“With water, carbonated drinks, we have told the government to take out these products from the policy so that we can concentrate on tobacco and cigarette products that will rather help, you know those things are hugely imported into the country” he added.
About Tax Stamp
In accordance with the Provisions of the Excise Tax Stamp Act, 2013 (Act 873) specified excisable products which are imported or locally produced, are required to be affixed with Tax Stamps with specific features designed and supplied by the Ghana Revenue Authority before they are delivered ex-factory, cleared from any port of entry or presented for sale at any commercial level in Ghana.
By: Alex Semordzi