Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah , the Ashanti regional in a press conference has cautioned the internal revenue service in the Ashanti region respectfully the Kofrom (Ashtown) small Tax payer’s office to desist from the heavy levies imposed on market women in the central business district.
The warning is as results of the numerous complaints and allegations lodged against the small tax payer’s office at kofrom by the market women following the locked up of their stores in the central business district.
Some few weeks ago traders in some part of the central business district got their stores locked up by the internal revenue service due to their assessed failure to pay the assessed taxes which they find to be abnormal, this nearly resulted in several demonstrations across the city of Kumasi.
In the view of the above complaints, the Ashanti regional minister and his able deputy, Hon. Elizabeth Agyemen held a meeting with the various tax payer offices in the business district to open up all locked stores for the traders to work and resolve the problem later but all want in vain.
On Tuesday morning 25th of July, 2017 the company of the regional minister together with Mr. kusi Boafo (CEO of Public Sector Reforms), paid an unannounced visit to the kofrom (Ashtown) Small Tax Payer office and upon interrogation and sighting of some relevant document, they observed that the allegations of the traders that the 2017 Tax assessment are almost 100% and above are genuine.
Upon further search and questions they indicated clearly that the 2017 tax assessment does not conform to the normal trend. A few document they sighted indicated that a person who paid 352.50 cedis last year 2016 is paying 1,200.00 cedis which according to Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah is abnormal and totally unaccepted in the Region.
Therefor he immediately requested the Tax officers to go and unlock the stores of the traders until the case is fully investigated and a finality brought to it.
Finally he urged the traders to go and pay amount equivalent to last year’s assessment figures until further notice because the NPP government will not sanction such astronomical increase in taxes.
Odehyeaba Kwame Asare