The Ghana Revenue Authority is rolling out a robust digitized online platform that will make it easier for individuals to register and file their annual tax returns online.
The Integrated Tax Application Preparation System (iTaPS) which has been developed by the GRA will offer individuals the leverage and latitude to sit in the convenience of their homes or offices and in any part of the world and file their annual tax returns without necessarily moving to the offices of the GRA.
It also affords individuals the convenience of filing their tax returns even during weekends on Saturdays and Sundays and at any time of day.
Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, addressing senior journalists and editors of the various media outlets as part of the Tax and Good Governance Week celebrations noted that the new system will ensure improved voluntary tax compliance and also reduce the cost of operations of GRA in terms of working with hard copies or continuing with the manual way of filing tax returns.
According to him, overall, the objective of iTaPS is to help improve revenue mobilization and help the GRA meet and exceed its revenue targets.
The 2019 Tax and Good Governance Week celebrations is being done by the Ghana Revenue Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and will run from the 5th through to the 12th of April 2019 on the theme ‘’File your Returns; Pay your Taxes, Move Ghana Beyond Aid’’.
The Vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will officially launch the celebrations on Friday, April 5 2019 and also launch the iTaPS.
As a way of catering for the largely untaxed informal sector, the Ghana Revenue Authority has indicated that those in the informal sector who are not technologically savvy and will face challenges filing their tax returns online, the new system will be run alongside the old one until it is phased out.
To this end, some amount of education and sensitization will be undertaken in order to help bring those in the informal sector up to speed with the new system.