Telecoms Chamber takes offence in government’s suggestion that telcos engage in criminality

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The Chamber of Telecommunications, Ghana, has taken exception to government’s continuous suggestion that telecommunication companies are engaging in criminal conduct.

The government has repeatedly suggested that the telecommunication networks in Ghana have over the years understated their revenue and underpaid their taxes.

According to Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Communications Minister, this amount sums up to about $750 million, between 2017 to date, which would have been lost but for the implementation of a Common Platform.

However, reacting to these claims by the Communications Minister, submitted on the floor of the House last week Thursday, Ken Ashigbey, CEO of Telecommunications Chamber explains, “the team from Kelni GVG, GRA and NCA will come, get the data and ask questions but there has not been any report that has been submitted that has said that we have seen $470 million as potential under-declared tax so what is your answer to that…neither have there been from 2017 first quarter to date where they have come out and they have said we are estimating $300 million (under-declared taxes)…”

He argued, in an interview with ABC News, that the structure of the entities – with shareholders expecting dividends, boards, managers and workers with targets to meet – make it difficult for the companies to operate without being transparent.

Noting that it is far-fetched for government to accuse them of understating taxes, Ken Ashigbey said, “anybody who is said to have undeclared taxes, that definitely bothers on criminality and the telecoms industry would not d that, have not done that and that is the point we want to put. It is not in the very interest of the business to do so”

Kelni-GVG has saved Ghana GHc1.5 billion in undeclared taxes by telcos – Minister

SourceABC News

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