Parl approves $878,364 tax waiver for construction of GRA IT Training Academy project

Parliament has approved an amount of $878,364 dollars tax waiver for the construction of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) IT Training Academy project in Tema.

The Chairman of the Committee of Finance, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah presenting, the report before the house said, the waiver forms part of efforts to modernize the tax revenue system in the country and improve on IT usage and better service delivery of GRA.

The training Institute will also enable the GRA to improve its IT-literacy and provide skills to ensure proper use of IT applications within GRA.

Parliament had already approved an amount of €3.5 million euros with a grant of €1.5 million euros in 2016.

The GRA has already prepared the land and completed all the needed evaluations as well as acquired all the needed permits to undertake the project.

Dr. Assibey-Yeboah told the house that the completion of fully equipped building for IT to be situated at Tema will increase IT literacy rate among staff of GRA.

“Mr. Speaker, completion of the project will increase IT literacy rate among staff thereby equipping them to work more efficiently with two main operational applications (TRIP and GCMS) and report more effectively”.

According to him, the establishment of an efficiently managed IT Academy will encourage and instill a professional attitude among staff to remain competitive.

Meanwhile, the MP for Kumbungu Ras Mubarak in contributing to the report said the approval of the tax waiver is essential and “long overdue.”

“Mr. Speaker, if we want more roads, schools, hospitals and greater facilities, then we have to pay taxes and in paying taxes we need to improve the efficiency of the tax collecting agency through enhance capacity building so that they will be able to do the jobs they’re enjoined to do give us more revenue to build the things that we are expected to build.”


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