Ghana is among the many nations where there has been a history of theft of public funds and gross abuses in the use of the public purse, while on the other hand, Ghanaians have been increasingly burdened by excessive taxes unmatched with provision of public services. Due to its own inefficient tax management systems, the government has deployed indirect taxation as it’s main tax collection strategy, hence unfairly sharing the tax burden.
All tax protection groups around the globe converged in Berlin from 16th to 20th March 2016 for the 16th Biennial Conference to discuss how its affiliate members can better advocate and pursue lower taxes for the citizens of their respective countries. The fight against corruption, ensuring effective use of taxes, as well as good governance by making government officials accountable to taxpayers have been the main focus of Taxpayers League Worldwide.
Taxpayers League Ghana is being represented by its Executive Director Mr. Hopeson Yaw Adorye.
Unbearable taxes on utility and basic necessities (until recently the government imposed VAT on drugs and other pharmaceutical products) has brought untold hardship on Ghanaians. Electricity and Water tariffs, and the tax component on petroleum products in Ghana are some the highest in the world. Other forms of excessive levies, like road tolls, have placed extra burdens on both commuters and and vehicle owners in Ghana, especially on taxis and trotros.
Taxes on private tertiary education institutions have led to escalation in the cost of education to parents. These taxes are indirect taxes on parents since the schools simply pass them on in the form of highest tuition fees. Ghana is among many nations that have been bedeviled with rampant corruption by public officials.
Recently, Ghana was ranked the second most corrupt country in Africa and among most corrupt countries worldwide. This is not acceptable, especially when Ghanaians have to pay for the cost of corruption by public officials. Taxpayers League Ghana remains committed to the fight against the abuse of the public purse, and continues to put government and public officials on their toes.
Taxpayers League Ghana will like to use this occasion to invite all Civil Society Groups, Pressure and Interest groups to come on board to fight a common goal of relieving Ghanaians from excessive taxes and to ensure that the public purse is used to the benefit of the taxpayers.