NDUOM CHALLENGE MAHAMA AND AKUFO ADDO TO PAY THEIR TAXES

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Nduom paying tax

The 2012 flagbearer of the Progressive
People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom
has once again set a good example by paying
the remaining GHC44,481.13 of ¢146,248.13
from his chargeable income of GHC596,332.53
for 2015.
Speaking to journalists shortly after filing his
taxes with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)
in Accra, Dr. Nduom, who is also the President
of Groupe Nduom, threw a challenge to Nana
Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo of the New Patriotic
Party (NPP) and President John Dramani
Mahama to also file their taxes.
“I am doing so because I am in a leadership
position in this country, so it is my
responsibility to do that,” he said.
“It’s a lot of money. You can do a lot of things
with it but that’s my obligation…Leadership by
example…I have done this since the 1980s;
both from the USA and in Ghana. I have been
filing all my tax returns… Those who like to
talk, let them also act to let everyone know
that leadership by example is the best form of
leadership,” he added.
Dr. Nduom has been on the forefront
entreating all citizens to pay their taxes
especially politicians.
He said despite the fact that the 1992
constitution exempts the President from
paying taxes, President Mahama must be
guided by moral principles and pay his taxes
so he can have the “moral authority” to collect
taxes in the country.
“The 1992 Constitution in my opinion
wrongfully gives the President tax exemption.
The leader of this land must pay tax. Ghanaians
should rally behind this and call for an
amendment to this provision in the
constitution so the President pays tax as our
leader” he reiterated.
Dr. Nduom also used the opportunity to
bemoan the excessive taxation under the
Mahama-led administration.
According to him the numerous taxes are
destroying livelihoods and collapsing
companies.
“I have a factory, I also have a hotel and in
many instances, if you compare the utilities
cost from December 2015, January and
February 2016, some of them have gone up by
over 200 percent. Now, our rates and charges
haven’t gone up, we haven’t sacked any worker
but because of the tax element it’s gone up.
It’s not because we are using more electricity.”
He said: “you don’t tax your way to developing
a country; you actually develop a country by
lowering taxes and allowing business people
the opportunity to expand on their work.”
Dr. Nduom advised President Mahama to
ensure the judicious use of taxes that
Ghanaians pay and desist from using it to fund
his political campaigns.
“When outboard motors are distributed with
my tax money and there are photographs of
John Dramani Mahama on the outboard
motors, that’s my tax money. When they brand
buses with John Mahama’s photograph
ostensibly with the photographs of other
people, we know what he is doing. It is
campaigning that they are doing with my tax
money. I want the President to know that I
have paid my tax, and my money should be
used wisely for development” he charged.

Source : starfmonline.com

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