Following the initiation in Accra of the Ghana Revenue Authority’s Integrated Tax Application Preparation System (iTaPS) on Friday 5th April, 2019 at the GRA Headquarters, Ghanaians now have the liberty to file their tax returns online.
We are at the mercy of the internet and so therefore various institutions now are going digital with their businesses or services and Ghana Revenue Authority just joined the pool. The development and implementation of the said application was necessitated after propositions made by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, in his speech challenging the authorities of GRA to come up with a very comprehensive and simplified filing system that will ease the struggles Ghanaian taxpayers go through in filing for tax returns.
This application in it use will allow taxpayers-individuals and soon institutions and companies- to go through to prepare, apply and receive GRA online services at ease an at their convenience.
The iTaPS enables electronic access to TAX Clearance Certificate (e-TCC) as well as Withholding Tax Credit Certificate (e-Tax Credit) and VAT Withholding Tax Credit Certificate (e-VAT Credit).The app also seeks to aid taxpayers to keep the information required to fulfil their tax obligations, with the GRA also aiming to improve its performance of Tax Administration Diagnostic Tools (TADAT) ranking under voluntary compliance.
The application, according to GRA, will correct all the faults and difficulties of the traditional or manual system on issues surrounding revenue assurance, recording keeping and convenience. As a result, Ghanaian taxpayers have the option of either filing their returns via mobile money or online.
At the joint launch of the 2019 Tax and Good Governance Week and iTaPS, Vice President Bawumia expressed his excitement and contentment and also applauded the GRA, especially the Commissioner-General, for taking up the challenge and delivering as expected. “This software has been carefully designed and developed to give the taxpayer an easy and convenient way of fulfilling his or her civic responsibility of filing and paying taxes. I am happy to say that I have personally filed my 2018 returns through i-TaPS and so has the Senior Minister, the Minister of Finance, and the Majority Leader,” he disclosed.
The Vice President was confident that the widespread use of the application would further widen the tax net as a result of improvement in tax mobilization bringing in the required revenue needed to develop the nation and help sustain essential programmes like the Free Senior High School going forward.
Vice President Bawumia urged all to take advantage of the convenience provided by the iTaPS to fulfil their civic obligations. “Government is fully committed to its goal of moving the economy from one of taxation towards production. It is worth noting that this means allowing production and profits first before taxation but not a complete turn away from taxation.
“As a matter of fact, now is rather the time for us as Ghanaians to contribute our quota to the national coffers. This will enable the country to have enough resources to provide for the Free SHS for our children, national health insurance, revamp our railway sector, construct new roads, improve existing ones and meet all other legitimate demands of our compatriots. These we must do with our own resources because that is the surest and most reliable motor for sustainable development.”
“By filing our tax returns and paying the appropriate taxes, we will be acting as our brother’s keeper. I therefore call on all income earning persons to obey the tax laws, file their annual tax returns and pay the appropriate taxes on due dates because our taxes are our future.”-Vice President Added.