My office can’t probe “Telcos under-declared taxes” saga – Ursula Owusu



The Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has revealed that she is not responsible to prosecute Mobile telecommunication industry players who under-declared taxes to the tune of GH¢1.5 billion.


Ursula Owusu was responding to a facebook post by Manasseh Azure Awuni who asked her, to prosecute Mobile telecommunication industry players who under-declared taxes.


“I’d be grateful if you could address your concerns relating to prosecution of companies for under declaration of taxes to the GRA. That is their job, not mine”, she said


She told Parliament on Friday, August 7, 2020, that the introduction of the common platform has uncovered that, before the introduction of the policy, GH¢470 million in taxes was lost from potential under-declarations by te existing five telcos between 2015 to the first quarter of 2017. Her revelations on the floor of Parliament were contained in her answers to various questions by MPs on the three-year deal. “An estimated amount of GH¢300 million in taxes was also saved between the first quarter of 2017 to date as a result of the announcement of the implementation of the CP on March 8, 2017,” she told Legislators.

Read the full statement from Ursula Owusu Ekuful below;

Hon Ursula Owusu Ekuful writes:

I just saw this and will respond with a simple question to our esteemed journalist.

MANASSEH AZURE AWUNI, IS IT THE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS WHO ENFORCES TAX LAWS IN GHANA OR THE GHANA REVENE AUTHORITY WHICH IS UNDER THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE??

The law requires that the Ministers for Finance and Communications should set up a common platform to monitor compliance with tax laws in the communications sector. We have done so.

The data the platform provides is given to the NCA AND GRA. It is their duty to use the data and information from the Common Platform to facilitate their monitoring and compliance efforts.

I’d be grateful if you could address your concerns relating to prosecution of companies for under declaration of taxes to the GRA. That is their job, not mine.

Everyone should do their work as I am not ‘one woman thousand

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