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GRA launches new portal to tax Netflix, Amazon others, to rake in GH¢1.7 billion – THE POST

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The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has launched a non-resident E-commerce and Digital Service Registration Portal to rake in about GH¢1.7 billion from online businesses like Netflix, Jumia, Alibaba, Amazon etc.

According to the GRA, the operation of the portal is expected to commence from 1st April 2022.

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The portal forms part of the government’s efforts to increase its revenue mobilization.

Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, speaking at the launch of the new portal in Accra stated that the development will help the GRA meet its revenue target of GH¢80.3billion.

“Taxpayers and their software developers will be engaged and also be provided with the application programming interface (API) between now and the end of the month to ensure they are able to link their system with ours. Effective 1st April 2022, we will ensure that the portal is launched and we should be able to start applying the VAT from 1st April 2022. And this will cover all institutions no matter where they are based, and is expected to generate online revenue for Ghana.”

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had revealed that out of Ghana’s 30.8 million population, less than 10percent, translating to about just 2.4 million people, pay direct taxes.

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He lamented the situation as a poor reflection of the country’s tax system.

Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah added that the portal will allow for cross-border businesses to register, file, and pay the applicable taxes just like resident businesses.

“In our system, we have built a compliance tool that will ensure that whether it is Google, Amazon, or Netflix, you would have to comply. Otherwise, your monies will not move from Ghana to your base. To realize the full potential, especially from the non-residential to the digital economy, the portal has been developed to ensure that the non-resident persons engaged in cross-border business will be able to register, file, and pay the applicable taxes just like their local counterparts,” he added.

source: Ghana Web

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Baba Spirit’s Funeral Slated For November 19

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The funeral of late comedian and TV personality, Baba Spirit will take place on November 19.

This was announced by his family at his one-week memorial service held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Arts Centre in Accra.

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Baba who was named Francis Yaw Ofori died Thursday, September 8, 2022, after battling an unconfirmed ailment.

He died not long after he had said in an interview with Bryt TV that he was spiritually attacked but he survived.

The family initially wanted to organize his funeral in his hometown up north.

However, that decision was annulled due to a protest mounted by his colleagues in the showbiz industry.

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The funeral will therefore be held on November 19, 2022 in Accra at the Arts Centre just as the one-week observation.

Until his death, Baba Spirit was one of the entertainers who brought humour into Ghanaian homes.

He is well remembered for his much-publicised 2018 exhibition boxing bout with veteran boxer Ayittey Powers, which was held at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra and screened live on television.

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