The Ghana Revenue Authority came about when four revenue agencies namely;
the Customs, Excise and Prevention Service (CEPS),
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
and the Value Added Tax Service (VATS),
together with the Revenue Governing Board (RAGB) were merged together in 2009.
The main aim of the Ghana Revenue Authority is to sustain the smooth revenue flow for the government, to facilitate trading and also to make sure goods come and go from the country safely.
The Ghana Revenue Authority again links their dealings with other same international legal society such as the World Trade Organization Protocols, World Customs Organization Protocols, Double Taxation and Exchange of Information Agreements.
The purpose of the establishment of the Ghana Revenue Authority was to combine the governance of domestic tax and customs duties.
And another purpose was also to modernize domestic tax and custom dealings by the reviewing of process and operations in the revenue management along with Information and Communication Technology as mainstay.
Since then, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has engaged graded advanced and efficient technologies to aid the tax payment and filling of returns in accordance to tax laws.
Some of these technologies are the Integrated Tax Application and Preparation Systems (ITAPS) and the Excise Tax Stamp Authenticator (ETSA).
Who are the heads of the Ghana Revenue Authority?
The service is headed by the Commissioner-General, with support from three other Commissioners who are in charge of the below divisions;
The Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD)
The Customs Division (CD)
The Support Service Division (SSD)
Let us take a look at the functions of the Ghana Revenue Authority and then their salary.
Functions of the Ghana Revenue Authority
The Ghana Revenue Authority has been assigned with the following functions and more according to Act 791:
- The GRA collect and evaluate taxes
2. They also assess the interest and penalties on taxes owed to the state with best skillfulness.
3. The GRA deposits the amount of money they collect into the Consolidated Fund.
4. They give advise to District Assemblies on the assessment and collection of their revenue and see to it that the right thing is done.
5. Document and publish a report and statistics related to its revenue collection.
6. Advises and make plans and policies to be considered by the Minister of Finance concerning the collection of revenue.
7. Educate the public on tax and boost tax abidance.
8. Fight tax fraud and deceit and bring up effective laws to collaborate to that effect with the country behind the tax imposters.
This and many more duties are carried out by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
Salary of Ghana Revenue Authority
The Ghana Revenue Authority plays a very important role in the country. To the lay man’s understanding, the GRA collects revenue to run the affairs of the nation.
If they don’t do their job well, it will affect the county’s progress. How much do workers at the GRA receive per month?
A person working permanently for the Ghana Revenue Authority takes about GHS1,500 averagely per month.
Just like other services, the GRA salary structure is according to ranks. If you hold a high position the higher your salary and if your position is lower you receive at least GHS 1,500 aside the security personnel and cleaners.
GRA salary ranges from GHS 1,500 to GHS 4, 154 per month at the ordinary branch level.
Heads and administrators of the Authority receives higher amount than these.