He is a technology consultant and digital lead at Pop Out. Maximus Ametorgoh says Ghanaians may be charged more for goods bought on sites like Amazon, Netflix, Jumia, Alibaba, and others that will be registered on the Ghana Revenue Authority’s non-resident e-commerce platform.
GRA’s new digital platform, non-resident e-commerce, and digital service registration site are expected to produce approximately GH1.7 billion in revenue from online enterprises such as Netflix, Jumia, Alibaba, Amazon, and others.
On April 1st, 2022, the portal is expected to be operational.
The government’s initiative to increase income mobilization in the country includes this registration portal.
In his speech at the opening of the new platform, the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, said that the revenue will help the GRA meet its goal of GH80.3 billion for the year.
Maximus Ametorgoh praised the government for taking this step, but suggested that online firms be taxed as well.
“I believe it is a step in the right direction because a lot of e-commerce takes place in Ghana’s virtual world, where it is not taxed.” They must, however, work on Ghanaian legislation to expand the scope of the virtual domain for revenue purposes. “
He urged Ghanaians to continue to use these platforms in order to enable the GRA to collect more taxes. Consumers will undoubtedly have to pay a little more for the products they purchase online. When we buy something on Amazon, Google, or other such sites, we should assume that taxes will be applied, and the price of the item may rise.
However, we should pay for the hikes since we are citizens who must pay our taxes. With the amount of money being spent in Ghana’s e-commerce market, the government should undoubtedly get a piece of the pie. “