The Office Manager of the Small Taxpayer Office (STO) of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Agona Swedru, Mr Philip Dorgbadzi has warned that the Authority would not entertain the issuance of dud cheques from prospective taxpayers, as that hampers the smooth operation of the Authority in revenue generation.

Mr. Dorgbadzi made this known at a public education on taxation for small and medium scale businesses, corporate organizations and institutions, artisans, traders, hoteliers, restaurant operators, landlords and the media on the introduction and importance of the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) at Agona Swedru in the Central Region.

He disclosed that the introduction of the TIN which is free to everyone will not only help the Authority compile the data of all prospective taxpayers, but will also be the criteria to be demanded before one can obtain a passport and also by the law courts in the near future.

Responding to questions by the participants, the Principal Revenue Officer, Mr. Danso Asamoah allays fears that the introduction of the TIN is to track down defaulters and prosecute them.

He hinted that rather, it will serve as an incentive to every Ghanaian as it will help in their transaction and acquisition of other documents such as Nation Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards among others.

The education also bothered on Value Added Taxation (VAT) as well as taxation on properties such as buildings.

By. Robert Ayanful