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Posted on Thursday, 08 August 2013 15:31

Ghanaians prefer higher taxes

By Lawrence Quartey

A new survey by Afrobarometer has shown that Ghanaians are willing to pay higher taxes/Photo©ReutersGhanaians are willing to pay higher taxes for services to prevent the government from accumulating debt due to excessive borrowing, a survey by Afrobarometer has revealed.

The survey that measured people's attitude towards the social, economic and political issues found out that the majority of Ghana's population had no problem paying more taxes for the country's development.

Eighty four percent of the respondents in the 2012 survey "strongly agreed or agreed" that citizens ought to pay taxes to support government development efforts.

This could affect citizens' commitment to their tax obligation

Less than 15 percent said they believed the government should look to other sources for funds.

The study also revealed that 74 percent of people think that it is difficult to find out how government used revenues from taxes and fees.

An overwhelming majority considered tax evasion unethical and recommended that those found on the wrong side of the law must be punished.

A few they had evaded tax in the past and expressed their readiness to do so again.

People with formal education were less likely to evade taxes, the findings revealed.

The researchers also found out that although the majority of Ghananians were willing to pay their taxes they were frustrated by bureaucracy.

"This could affect citizens' commitment to their tax obligation and consequently discourage compliance," Daniel Armah-Attoh and Mohammed Awal senior researchers of the Afrobarometer Project for Anglophone West Africa said in a report accompanying the survey results.

On corruption in tax administration, most respondents doubted the integrity of tax officials.

According to the study, half of Ghana's population believes that tax officials are corrupt.

The Afrobarometer surveys aim to produce scientifically reliable data on public opinion in Africa and strengthen institutional capacities for survey research in Africa.

A nationally representative sample of 1200 (or 2,400 for higher populated countries) citizens of voting age are normally surveyed.



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