The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is forecasting that beneficiaries of the Free Senior High Education programme being implemented by the government will pay more in taxes in the future. My News Ghana can confirm that.
My News Ghana also gathered that, according to the Commissioner-General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, the programme is an investment to build skilled labour pool which will translate to increase in payment of more taxes to the state in future.
“The President has enabled us to have a Free SHS. I was privileged as a young student to have this CMB scholarship and it allowed me to go to secondary school alongside my elder brother. But for the CMB Scholarship, I would have been delayed. Now I pay tax not less than GHC10,000 a month.”
“The Free SHS will lead to a situation where the youth will be paying more taxes in their future. So it is like investment that is being made to collect more taxes later,” he made this known at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop for members of Private Newspapers Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) held in Koforidua.
The workshop which was under the theme: “Bringing the Informal Sector into the Tax Net-The Role of the Media” sought to train members of the Association on the various emerging tax issues as well as challenges to disseminate same to the Ghanaian public to help change the negative attitudes in relation to the payment of taxes in the country.