The Ghana Revenue Authority has responded to the findings of the 2021 Auditor-General’s report which reported an un-accounted for Ghc 3.26bn in tax revenue.
The report revealed that Ghc 3.2bn tax revenue disappeared with no trace from the coffers of the Ministry of Finance, the Controller and Accountant General and the Ghana Revenue Authority.
The audit discovered that whilst the GRA and Finance Ministry reported a total tax revenue of GH¢57.43 billion, the records of CAG indicate a total tax revenue of GH¢60.69 billion.
Following weeks of public speculation over the matter, the Ghana Revenue Authority released a statement to respond to matters arising.
Read the full statement below…
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has closely monitored media discussions and social media posts on the issues raised in the 2021 Auditor-General’s report with regard to tax debts of Oil Marketing Companies, and the issue of the GH₵3.26 billion tax revenue ‘not being accounted for’ after a joint audit and reconciliation of books of the Ministry of Finance, GRA and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) and reacts as follows:
1. OMCs fail to settle tax debts
Due to the fact that levies imposed on Fuel are consumption levies, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are allowed to lift fuel and account for levies after they have sold the fuel to customers and the levies have been collected.
This must be done within 21 days of lifting oil. To ensure that OMCs pay the levies within the stipulated time, they are required to obtain a guaranteed bond from Insurance companies or other Financial institutions equivalent to the amount of oil to be lifted.
As of 2021, a number of OMCs and other businesses had defaulted on the payment of their tax debts and some had made arrangements with GRA to have those debts rescheduled for installment payments. For those companies that failed to make satisfactory arrangements to pay, GRA initiated enforcement actions such as:
1. Blocking these companies from lifting oil
2. Call up the guarantee or bond
3. Garnishing their bank accounts
4. Sealing off of their business premises
Below is a list of OMCs and companies currently facing criminal prosecution at the Tax Court on charges of Failure to pay Tax:
1. SEPHEM OIL CO.
2. VENUS OIL CO. LTD
3. MAIGA & HHM CO. LTD
4. HOSSANA OIL CO. LTD
5. WARREN OIL
6. MONEX MINING CO. LTD
7. KARELA OIL CO. LTD
8. UNION OIL GH LTD
9. HUMANO ENERGY LTD
10. OREINT ENERGY LTD
11. MM ENERGY
12. SKY PETROLEUM
13. Q8 OIL GH CO. LTD
14. TITAN PETROLEUM LTD
15. MANSEL GH LTD
16. STELNA SOLUTIONS LTD
17. AU RESOURCE LIMITED
18. GOLDSHOP GH. LIMITED
19. O.M MINERALS LIMITED
20. HELVENT CO. LTD.
21. CAPSTONE OIL COM. LTD
22. DELIMAN AND COM. LTD
23. UNIQUE OIL
24. LOUIS GAS
2. Auditor-General cites MOF, GRA, and CAGD in over gh₵3.26 billion “missing” revenue
The 2021 Auditor-General’s report also touches on GH₵3.26 billion tax revenue “not accounted for” after a joint audit and reconciliation of books of the Ministry of Finance, GRA, and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD).
As has been stated by the Hon. Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon John Kumah, differences in data generated by different agencies do not necessarily indicate a loss of revenue to the government. As required, GRA furnished the CAGD with provisional revenue figures for 2021 (GH₵60.69 billion) in March 2022. Included in this amount were Energy Sector Levies totaling GH₵3.2 billion.
In May 2022, the Audit Service conducted an audit of revenue collected by GRA in 2021 and arrived at a figure of (GH₵57.43 billion). This figure failed to take into consideration the Energy Sector Levies that GRA reports on such as Energy Debt Service, Energy Debt Recovery, Power Generation, and Sanitation & Pollution levy.
These levies totaling (GH₵3.2 billion) were omitted from the Audit report even though the figures were provided.
GRA, therefore, reiterates that no revenue is missing.
FLORENCE ASANTE (MRS)
(COMMUNICATION & PUBLIC AFFAIRS)