Tax collection goes digital.

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IN A REVIEW OF IT'S CONTRIBUTION towards the Revenue Mobilisation and Trade Facilitation goals, the work of the Ghana Community Network Services Ltd (GCNet) has once again been validated by government.

The past year has been marked by the continuous roll-out of the automated Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) tax system for the Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD) of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), in particular at the Osu Large Taxpayer Office, whilst further roll-out is being undertaken at other offices, such as those in Legon, Tema and Agbogbloshie.

The complementary electronic registration system for the Registrar-General's Department (RGD) was also extended to RGD's regional offices at Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. The RGD system has been updated with the deployment of a new e-Registrar system.

In addition, a shared services portal that enables taxpayers to access tax information, register and obtain a Tax Identification Numbers (TIN); receive tax assessments or file tax returns online; or pay their taxes electronically, has also been deployed

With regard to GCNet's traditional service of providing the "Single Window" system for Ghana's Trade and Customs clearance processes, more ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) have been connected via the e-MDA portal.

Among the MDAs that have been connected have been the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for the issuance of diplomatic exemptions for Customs clearances; the Energy Commission for energy related import permits; the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services (PPRS); and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for the issuance of e-Permits for agricultural related imports and exports.

The Single Window process has further been deepened with the extension of the Paperless Programme, which seeks to eliminate all paper documentation required for Customs clearances.

An enhanced permit module that curbs abuses associated with granting Customs permits has also been deployed. Also with a standalone application, the car valuation application is now accessible to all Customs stations via a web-based application.

The GCNet transit service's positive impact is felt in regional trade, especially to neighbouring Sahelian countries. The...

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