GRA: Gov’t officials push for multi-million dollar new tax platform in absence of Commissioner-General
Information gathered by NorvanReports, indicate that a new and foreign-owned tax platform costing tens of millions of dollars is being pushed through to be set up for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) by some powerful individuals in government.
According to inside sources, the government officials, some of whom are from the Ministry of Finance are strongly pushing the person acting in the office of the Commissioner-General to sign off on this transaction before Reverend Owusu Ammishaddai, the head of Ghana Revenue Authority resumes work as the Commissioner-General is presently out of the country.
The new integrated tax administration platform is set to replace the successful Ghana Integrated Tax Management and Information System (GITMIS 3) which is Ghanaian-owned with 100% Ghanaian staff.
Checks indicate that the GITMIS platform which is now being sought to be replaced, was instrumental and efficient in the setting up of the Ghana.gov platform, the change over for the GCNet TRIPS, the new Election Management System for the Election 2020 and recently, the integration of the E-Levy.
Currently, the GRA, with its eVAT system, has a tax system that rivals any tax system in the world.
A replacement of the GITMIS system which has met all requirements from the GRA with a foreign-owned tax platform or system, will be a huge blow to the country’s budding software industry.
This, however, can be prevented by the Board of the GRA should they stand opposed to the deal, our deep throat sources indicate.
….this is a developing story