Vice President Dr Bawumia would next week launch a new application to help Ghanaians easily file and pay their taxes on their phones.
The new Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) tax payers app is to help every single Ghanaian, irrespective of stature, be able to easily file their taxes from their phone, pay their taxes and have a tax certificate generated for them.
Dr Bawumia announced the innovative new measure during a speech delivered at the recent inauguration ceremony at the African City University College on Wednesday, August 18th 2022.
According to Dr Bawumia, the Ghana Card exercise has led to a sharp increase in the number of Ghanaians with tax identification numbers (TIN) and this new app is to enable them all be drawn into the tax net.
“Next week, God willing, I am going to launch a new application for the Ghana Revenue Authority, which will then allow all these people with tax identification numbers to be able to file their taxes on their mobile phones, pay the tax, and get tax clearance certificate automatically generated for everybody,” the Vice President revealed.
“People just find it difficult to file taxes but now we are going to make it very easy, a very nice mobile app and it is designed so that it can be accessible to the not so literate, to every one basically,” Dr Bawumia added.
Widening The Tax Net
One of the major benefits of the digitisation drive heavily pushed by the innovative Vice President is the opportunity it provides for widening the country’s tax net and hence enhance the government’s revenue generation efforts.
Digitisation has demonstrated so far a strong potential to save Ghana money by stopping corruption but also by helping generate more tax revenue.
With the Ghana card serving as every Ghanaian’s tax identification number, the entire population would now be part of the tax net.
Five New Regions To Get STEM Universities
In a continuation of the NPP government’s efforts lead by Dr Bawumia to make Ghana a leading player in the information age, five of the six newly created regions are set to receive new Universities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The five newly created regions chosen for the projects are Western North, Savannah, North East, Ahafo and Oti regions.