The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Elizabeth Agyemang in an interview has expressed dissatisfaction on the recent conduct and activities of the Internal Revenue Service in the Ashanti region by punishing traders in the central business district with astronomical taxes.
According to the deputy regional minister, the actions of these tax officers are purely motivated by politics and therefore blaming some bigwigs in the political arena.
“How on earth can the government increase taxes up to 100 percent and more, only in the Ashanti region within a year, what at all are these women selling in the markets which will call for such increment if is not politically massaged”. Hon. Elizabeth Agyemang has lamented.
The most irritating part of these tax officers, She said, is that after giving the traders abnormal taxes, they lock up their stores and tell them it is as a results of the bad government they voted for.
She has therefore issued a strong warning to all public officers especially in the Ashanti region to be extra careful in their dispensations, saying, she and her minister will not condone any officer who flat-out government orders.
She noted that, these traders (women) we see in our various markets are very important, they are major contributors as far as the country’s economic development is concern and should be treated as such.
Hon. Elizabeth Agyemang therefore took the opportunity to apologize to all affect traders in the central business district and assured them of her unflinching support to help resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Story: Odehyeaba Kwame Asare