General information for Thursday, September 9, 2021
Ghana Bar Association president Tony Forson has called “patently false” Finance Minister Ken ofori-Atta’s claims that some six thousand lawyers across the country do not pay their taxes.
According to Forson, the number of lawyers in the country barely exceeds 3,000, so there is no basis for this comment.
“Unfortunately, a statement was made by the Minister of Finance that more than 6,000 lawyers do not pay tax. It is very unfortunate because there was no basis for it.
“Absolutely wrong, first of all, we don’t have 6,000 lawyers in Ghana, it’s probably over 3,000, so the data is wrong. There are so many lawyers in government service who pay taxes directly, so the statement is just plain bogus, “Forson told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr on Thursday.
He added: “There are people in private practice who also pay taxes, so the impression that lawyers do not pay tax is really unfortunate. But I believe whoever gave him the information misled him.
Mr. Ofori Atta told Accra-based Asaase Radio in August that “we have about 60,000 businessmen who don’t pay taxes, 5,000 or 6,000 lawyers don’t. Some doctors [are not paying income tax]… then you start to see all these professionals, all of us on social media, denouncing the government and [realise] that most of these people don’t even pay taxes.