GRA locks up four companies for evading GH₵ 60 million tax

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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GRA Security officers locking the already locked office of the Logistics support services for Tax evasion

The Special Revenue Mobilization Task Force of the Ghana Revenue Authority's (GRA) has closed down the offices of four companies in Accra for evading taxes running into millions of cedis.

The four companies are among fourteen (14) delinquent taxpayers in Accra and Kumasi owing a total of GH₵ 63,091,370.17.

The 8 member task force backed by the police and the Bureau of National Investigations  (BNI) on Tuesday barricaded the offices of Eagle Star Enterprise Limited, a civil engineering firm,  Logistics Support Services,  ACI construction limited an affiliate of RLG Ghana and National Communication Backbone Company a subsidiary of the telecommunication giant Vodafone all in the Accra metropolis.

Members of the Special Revenue Mobilization Task Force locking up the office of Eagle Star Ent 

Members of the Task Force barricading the main entrance of Eagle Star Ent. LTD

Security officers locking up the offices of the Logistics support services

According to the Coordinator of the Task Force, Henry Brandford Sam, the companies were served notice to as a matter of urgency settle its Tax obligation to the Ghana Revenue Service. The four companies have evaded tax to a tune of GH₵ 604,175.73,  GH₵ 466, 779.54, GH₵14, 312 974.19 and GH₵ 30, 061, 608.85 respectively.

 

The task force did not hesitate to lockup  the place though no staff of ACI construction Ltd was present in the office at the time of their arrival.

ACI construction Ltd's main entrance heavily sealed

According to the Ghana Revenue Authority's Special Revenue Mobilization Task Force  the National Communication Backbone Company  on two occasions refused to respond to a letter from the GRA dated May 24 and June 16 2017 about their Tax irregularities.

Office of the National Communication Backbone where managers promised to settle their tax irregularities

 National Communication Backbone office at the airport residential area

Upon the arrival of the task force, officials the National Communication Backbone Company told the tasked force their response to the letter was ready to be submitted to the GRA except that KPMG is perusing the document. The company however promised to settle at least 30 percent of the total amount as required by law within a short period.

Meanwhile speaking in an interview with primenewsghana, Coordinator of the Task Force, Henry Brandford Sam said all the companies locked by the task force have less than a fort night to settle their debt or in default have their assets auctioned off to defray the debt.