We’ll collect Covid levy until law is repealed – GRA
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has served notice that the Covid tax introduced in 2021 will continue to be collected until the law is repealed.
The Covid-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021, Act 1068, came into force as part of measures to raise revenue to support Covid-19 expenditures.
Its review can only be initiated by the Minister of Finance, according to the Act.
But after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that Covid-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, was no longer a global health emergency, Ghanaians called for a cessation in the payment of the levy.
The Authority explained in a tweet on Wednesday, May 17 that the Act did not have an end date and so its officials will collect the levy until the law is amended.
“The basis of revenue collection is the law,” the Authority stated in the tweet.
“The Covid-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021, Act 1068, did not have an end date and so the GRA must continue to collect until the law is amended or repealed.”
We receive this question a lot on here. GRA’s mandate is to collect revenue from taxes and levies as enacted by parliament. The basis of revenue collection is the law. The Covid-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021, Act 1068, did not have an end date and so the GRA must continue to… https://t.co/xeBbxPkFnn
— GRA (@GhanaRevenue) May 17, 2023