C/R: Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana Engage Stakeholders on Tax Compliance

A tax advocacy group, “Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana” on Thursday 9th September, had a zonal tax dialogue with stakeholders and the media on an equitable and just tax system that serves both developmental and democratic aspiration of the citizens.

The Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana was established in 2011 and drawn together by the common interest in advocating for the voiceless in society through the influencing of policy processes that contribute to public fiscal accountability, equity, poverty reduction and revenue mobilisation at all levels.

The meeting was part of the Ghana Tax Dialogue Project being undertaken by the coalition with support from OSIWA.

Meanwhile the purpose of the dialogue was for stakeholders to contribute to increase tax compliance and responsibility by citizens and corporate organizations operating in Ghana.

Addressing the stakeholders and the media to the first physical tax dialogue meeting of Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana in the Central Region the National Treasure, Mrs. Dorcas Lomotey indicated that Ghana continues to be endowed with natural resources, mostly on extractives “Minerals, Oil” and other primary commodities including Timber, Cocoa, Coffee among others.

She disclosed stated that raw commodity exports are detrimental to the wider leakages in the national economy since the raw materials are exported in their raw state with out-value addition to create jobs and improve incomes which would have raked in revenue in terms of corporate tax.

According to the Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana National Treasure, development at the local level have suffered because of the over dependence on inadequate Central Government subventions which are expected to be supplemented by ceded revenues by national Government.
Meanwhile the development of every country depends on the contribution of her citizens in terms tax generation.

Mrs. Dorcas Lomotey further said Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana in 2019 extended its engagement to Takoradi, Sefwi Wiaoso, Ho and Koforidua whereas the southern zone hosted its first event in Cape Coast recently.
Again the Tax advocacy group “TJC” is embraced with three zonal branches including Northern, Middle and Southern Zones.

Mrs Dorcas Lomotey, National Tre

Mrs. Lomotey emphasize that Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana seeks to work with like minded stakeholders at the local and national level to deliver tax justice in Ghana.

Furthermore “TJC” exist to promote transparency, integrity and accountability in the tax systems particularly in Ghana.

“people should be supported to get more involved in the process of deciding what to tax, whom to tax, and how to tax, as well as in collecting and spending tax revenues”, Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana emphasize.

Filed By: Benjamin Bray – Vision1 Fm

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