There was drama at the Obibini Blackman Company Limited as workers of the company fled like an automation, on seeing tax officials, who had gone to place to carry out tax stamp inspection. For close to about a half-of-an-hour, a team of officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), led by Sam Kwasi Yankyera, Technical Advisor to the Commissioner-General could not find anybody to engage with.
The producers of Zet Mineral Water and Brukutu Bitters in Kumasi were left with no other option but to enter the warehouse unaccompanied to open the products for inspection. Not surprisingly, none of the products was affixed with the tax stamp - a clear breach of the GRA’s directive to manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors to put the stamp on bottled water, beer, carbonated beverages, wine, spirits, energy drinks and cigarette. Mr. Yankyera told journalists that the exercise was not meant to arrest or close down any factory. It was meant to find out whether companies were complying with the excise tax stamp policy.
The exercise formed part of the phase one of the enforcement of the tax stamp compliance and the team had earlier, gone to the Kumasi Mall where they inspected some excisable products on the shelves at Shoprite and the Game. They ordered the removal of products from the shelves which did not have the stamp in both shops and asked that these were displayed only after they had been affixed with the tax stamp.
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