The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has made a clarion call to members of the legal fraternity to endeavour to pay in full, their tax obligations to the state.
According to him, some lawyers in the country have developed a habit of either evading tax or under-paying their taxes.
Speaking at the 2021 Ghana Bar Conference in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, Mr Dame said many of the taxes paid by some lawyers are not commensurate to their luxurious lifestyles or the revenue they generate.
“It is sad to say that many lawyers are caught in the phenomenon of tax evasion, as they unjustifiably avoid being caught in the tax net, either by understating their profits or concealing their true incomes. The luxurious lifestyles of certain lawyers, riding in the plushest of vehicles and acquiring top-end properties, are hardly commensurate with the amount of taxes they pay,” Godfred Dame said.
“I entreat lawyers to honour the fullest of their tax obligations, as not to do is not only criminal but also bothers on a gross violation of professional rules. The legal professional conduct and ethical rules require lawyers to demonstrate the highest level of ethical behaviour and integrity at all times,” he added.