Beneficiaries of Free SHS to be exempted if parents have no TIN numbers

– Some beneficiaries of the free SHS programme might be exempted from the policy from September 2019

– This could result by the failure of their parents in acquiring a Tax Identification Number (TIN)

Children who have been enrolled under the Free Senior High School (SHS) risk being exempted from the Policy from September 2019 if their parents fail to register for a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

As already known they would also not be able to register for the National Health Insurance Scheme, acquire a passport, register their vehicles and land, open bank account and access other public services.

A Director at the Revenue Policy Division, Ministry of Finance, Anthony Selom Dzadzra, told the Ghana News Agency on the side-lines of a Post-Budget Sensitisation workshop for journalists.

Beneficiaries of Free SHS to be exempted if parents have no TIN numbers

Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori- Atta
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According to him, the Directive was outlined in the 2019 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government.

Dzadzra said the enforcement of the Directive would enable the Government generate sufficient revenue to propel its infrastructural development agenda and also to fund its programmes

“This will enable the Revenue Authorities to easily identify taxpayers and those who have not been captured under the tax net.”

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In that regard, he encouraged, every citizen that wanted to transact business with any government institution and also access other social interventions to acquire a TIN to facilitate that process.

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He said government could then take direct and indirect taxes from the firms in addition to the income taxes from workers to shore up its revenue.

Government has projected to spend GH¢73.4 billion in the 2019 Budget and mobilise GH¢58.7 billion in revenues through taxes and levies.

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