Accra, April 13, GNA-A tax education and training draft bill aimed at streamlining the training of tax practitioners in the country is before Cabinet, Mr. Yaw Asante-Boadi, President, Chartered Institute of Taxation, said on Tuesday.
\"The need for people working in the tax offices to acquire real professional training is very important but in our circumstances very few go through such important initiation before securing employment but we believe that the practice has to be streamlined.\"
Mr. Asante-Boadi, in an interview with the Ghana New Agency after the launch of the \"Tax practitioner\", the official journal of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Ghana, in Accra, said in the long term, all tax collectors will as a matter of necessity and law, pursue a full course in taxation.
He called for a common practice and interpretation of tax laws in the country to make the tax regime user friendly and well appreciated.
\"There are many ambiguities in the tax laws and procedure which create room for suspicion and multiple interpretations\"
On the \"Tax practitioner\", he said, it would create the platform for the \"passionate discussion of tax thought, inform tax thought, share tax ideas with the public,inform tax policy formulation and more importantly, educate taxpayers about their rights and obligations\"
He said: \"It has been said that taxpayers are emboldened to speak more frankly about governance when they pay their taxes.We all then hold a big stake in the process of taxation.\"
According to Mr. Asante-Boadi, the journal which is a mouth piece for the Institute will offer the platform for the discussion of professional tax practice issues as opinions on tax will be frankly expressed.
\"We therefore encourage opinion leaders, the taxpaying public, tax policy makers, tax administrators and tax students to patronize this very important, educative and information disseminator.\"