The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti, has clarified comments attributed to him about future taxes to be paid by beneficiaries of the Free SHS programme.
Mr Nti is said to have made these comments at a capacity building workshop for members of the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern Region.
“The Ghana Revenue Authority wishes to clarify an attribution to the Commissioner-General by a section of the media on whether beneficiaries of the Free SHS Policy will pay more taxes than non-beneficiaries in future,” a statement issued by GRA said.
It said what Mr Nti said was that the government’s flagship programme is an investment and that the result will be felt in the long run when the graduates get jobs and start paying their taxes.
“The Commissioner-General never said that Free SHS beneficiaries will would pay more taxes than non-beneficiaries in the future,” the statement stressed.
It cites the GRA boss as explaining with his enjoyment of a student scholarship under the Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) enabling him to pay taxes currently.
“It is his expectation that due to the investment the Free SHS policy is making in the beneficiaries, they will be in a similar position to pay required taxes in the future.”