People, here is a funny thought – If you decided to stop begging for alms because of the report that the Ghana Revenue Authority would start charging beggars taxes – then the coast is clear…
The GRA says they won’t be taxing beggars – yep they are going back those words.
Yesterday, we told you about the plans of the Principal Revenue Chief at the Small Tax Payer Office of the GRA in the Northern Region Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed to start charging tax on the money beggars make on the street.
“GRA taxes foreigners in town and by law, the beggars fall within the taxable threshold,” Alhaji Mohammed stressed, adding that those into alms taking as a form of business and a “hobby” should be ready to pay tax on their earnings – he said yesterday.
But the GRA has come out to set the records straight.
“It must be stated that alms received by beggars on the street does not fall within the taxable threshold. They, therefore, do not pay tax on the alms received,” a GRA statement signed by Kwasi Bobie-Ansah, the Assistant Commissioner, Communication & Public Affairs Department for the Commissioner-General said.
Read the full press release below:
You can get into the business, people… just make sure your friends don’t recognize you…