The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has called out the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for engaging in what he termed harassment of businesses in their bid to collect tax revenue.

According to him, the act is as a result of unrealistic targets the GRA set for their tax compliance officers each month.

The Vice President noted that this is due to the fact that the tax base is so narrow.

”So you say today that this is your tax target for this month, then I am trying to figure out where do I go? then for them, it is very easy, you go back to where you got it the last time. You go to the tax payers, the people who are already paying tax and then you have to come out with a new reason why they have to pay more so you come out with all manner of stuffs.”

He added: ”There are lots of hardworking people there, they are my friends, but I am saying that the target that are set these hardworking officers sometimes are very unrealistic and that leads to harassment of businesses because you have to get something out of them. This why I say prepaying when you haven’t earned one cedi and you have to prepare… and so I’ve been looking at this very seriously and we are going to change the system.”

Vice President Dr. Bawumia was speaking at an engagement with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Accra on Wednesday March 2024, to abreast himself with pertinent concerns of the chamber to be factored into his manifesto and policy decision.