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GRA Must Engage Us On The Intended Taxation – Ghana Bloggers Association

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The Ghana Bloggers Association (Bloggers Association of Ghana) have asserted that the government must engage Bloggers and other stakeholders in the industry on the intended taxation for a better understanding and appreciation of issues concerning bloggers.

The association made this appeal in a statement signed by its President, Andre Mustapha NII Okai Inusah,otherwise known as Attractive Mustapha, and released on its official Facebook page. According to them, they are not against taxation because they are agents of development. However, their payment platforms tax them before their income is sent to them and so therefore the government must get that understanding.

”We have noticed a News item circulating on Social Media which seeks to indicate that the government intends to tax bloggers, influencers and MCs. We are not against taxation because the law says a citizen must pay Income Tax if you are an employee, sole proprietor or a person in a partnership and you earn income above Gh¢365 per month. It is one of the biggest sources of income to the government in order to finance the country’s developmental projects.

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”We also know that the government uses income tax to pay civil servants and all public sector workers who have devoted their energies to serve this country in various fields. However, some bloggers are being taxed already directly from the income they receive. Government must understand that the money some Bloggers make is mostly through foreign platforms and they are taxed before receipt so taxation cannot be generalized because some people identify as bloggers. Government must engage Bloggers and stakeholders in the industry for a better understanding and appreciation of issues concerning bloggers,” the statement read.

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