Over-concentration on consumer taxes hurting Ghana’s revenue mobilisation drive – Tax analyst

Ahead of the presentation of the 2022 mid-year budget review on Monday, July 25, 2022, government is being urged to announce clear measures that will lead to the collection of more property and income taxes compared to consumer taxes.

According to Tax Analyst, Francis TimoreBoi, the over-reliance on consumer taxes in the country was affecting the government’s domestic revenue mobilisation drive as well as efforts at increasing the country’s tax to Gross Domestic Ratio (GDP) ratio.

The country’s current tax to GDP ratio stands at 12 per cent, which falls below the Sub-Saharan Africa average of 16.5 per cent.

In an interview with Citi Business News on the matter, MrBoi noted that a rebalancing of Ghana’s tax regime was needed

“Taxation is based on some taxes, that is, if you earn income you pay income tax if you consume you pay consumption tax, if you hold property you pay property tax. But then we have left these other elements of taxation and we are focusing on consumption tax, leaving persons earning income, especially those in the informal sector,” he said.

“So we need to spread the concept across. Possibly we need to rebalance the way our tax system operates. We also need to get the Tax Exemptions Bill passed without delay,” he added.

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