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Why is GRA suddenly targetting Cheddar, what is govt so scared of? – Kojo Yankson quizzes

Updated: Feb 1

Co-host of JOY FM's Super Morning Show, Kojo Yankson has shown interest in the public Government's actions connected with monetary issues, especially those related with Nana Kwame Bediako, well known as Cheddar.

His concern comes after reports that Cheddar is entangled in a progression of tax avoidance controversies, as per records got from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The records uncover that he has caused significant penalties for the non-documenting of annual assessment, raising worries about his obligation to monetary straightforwardness, particularly considering his yearnings to lead the country.

The revealed records uncover a common example of tax avoidance. Cheddar was fined GHC15,222, GHC14,492, GHC13,760, and GHC6,526 for failing to file personal income tax returns between 2013 and 2016. For the tax years 2018, 2019, and 2020, he appeared to be in compliance, but the troubling pattern of non-compliance returned in 2021 and 2022.

As indicated by the released report, the assessed sidestepped charges for these two years are faltering, arriving at GHC2,088,228 for 2021 and GHC5,096,536 for 2022.

Responding to the news, Kojo Yankson, notwithstanding supporting the installment of expense by Cheddar, noticed that it was dubious of the GRA to come after Cheddar days in the wake of uncovering his aims to run for the 2024 presidential elections.

As per Mr Yankson, he has known about occasions where government comes after people it finds as a danger.

However, he is perplexed as to why other political contenders, like Movement for Change leader Alan Kyerematen, have not been targeted. He needs to figure out why Cheddar is supposedly on government's radar.

“This is Ghana. The GRA's work the entire day is to help individuals to remember their duty they need to pay. They send adverts for us to peruse to remind individuals to record their government form and that assuming you document it late, there is a penalty.

"However, unexpectedly Cheddar is their objective. All through the 7 years, I've been finding out about how individuals who criticize this administration abruptly become focuses of the GRA.

"It hasn't occurred to me yet however perhaps after this video, it will. It will be something intriguing. On one side I'm agreeable to individuals covering charges. It needs to work out. However, I additionally realize that as a general rule in some cases individuals don't pay everything simultaneously.

"I don't have any idea what's going on with this story. Is it just to malign a political rival. For what reason are they treating this specific rival in a serious way. What are they so terrified of. What precisely is it that they are concerned he will do.

"I don't see them do this to Alan Kyerematen, Sam Ankrah. I don't see it yet some way or another Cheddar is a danger. He ought to cover his expense," he said.


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