In a recent operation, the Excise Unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) successfully confiscated multiple cartons of malt, vodka, Coca-Cola, and assorted carbonated beverages.
The market value of these beverages, as determined by the GRA’s valuation, reaches a substantial sum in thousands of Ghana Cedis.
This took place in an open market, where these products were found being sold without the mandatory excise stamp. The absence of the excise stamp is a clear indication of an illicit attempt to evade tax obligations.
The GRA, responsible for ensuring compliance with tax regulations and collecting revenues on behalf of the government, promptly took action to address this unlawful activity.
Kwabena Apau, the Head of the Excise Unit at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), made a significant announcement regarding the seizure of illicit goods. However, he expressed his concern and disappointment over the blatant disregard for the country’s revenue collection laws exhibited by a significant number of individuals and businesses.
“We have intercepted bottled water, carbonated soft drinks, beer such as Heineken, cigarettes etc. and we expect that those products would have been fixed with stamps either manufactured locally or imported and we have noticed that most people are now flouting the law.”
In addition to the seizure of illicit goods, the boss of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) emphasized the organization’s strong determination to enforce the country’s revenue laws and address the issue of tax leakage
“These products, particularly the imported ones are coming in without the stamps which means that no taxes have been paid on them and this is what we need to stop as you know, GRA has the mandate to collect taxes and so all the measures that we have to take including the tax stamp policy that is to enhance revenue collection has to be enforced and that is what we are doing.”