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This appeal went out from the Ghana Hotels Association at the recent National Executive Committee Meeting. I once sat at this table. I wish I did now, because would I have ever voiced my disapproval. In essence the Association requested that the government “review the 5% revenue authority tax on hotels and release the members of the multiple taxes imposed on them.”

The 5% revenue authority tax is the income tax paid here in Ghana!

The reason? Hotels apparently are having a hard time paying all the required levies, taxes, rates etc. as well as maintaining their establishments.

Can ya believe it? No, not the 5% representing the total income tax paid, but the part about being exempted from taxes!

Taxes represent a social contract between government and the people; and for a whole industry to plead for exemption indicates just how poorly most establishments are doing and how little…

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