President Akufo-Addo has charged members of the Ghana Bar Association(GBA) to honour their tax obligation at all times as a commitment towards revenue mobilisation.
The president observed while addressing the 2020 Bar Conference held at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, that lawyers have a history of not paying their tax, conduct the president wants leadership of the Association to help change.
This, the president believes will be in consonance with the theme of the conference: Ensuring an increase in revenue mobilization through taxation for the purpose of accelerated national development: The role of the lawyer’.
“You have to start getting members of the bar to pay their taxes. The record of lawyers paying taxes has been historically poor. It is unfortunate and the most unpleasant fact that members of the professions in our country have not been known to set a good example when it comes to paying taxes”, he said.
The president bemoaned the statistics by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) that about some 60, 000 professionals including were found not to be paying taxes.
He thus urged all defaulting lawyers and other professionals to quickly honour their tax obligations before the GRA comes chasing after them.
Meanwhile, the president also commended the GBA for choosing Bolgatanga to be the host of this year’s conference.
In his address, the Upper East Regional President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Amoak Afoko, pleaded with the government to consider putting up a school in the region that will be dedicated to legal training.