The Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers have decided to close their doors on November 1, 2023, in order to protest acts by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) that they characterize as commercial intimidation.
This current move comes after a series of discussions with the administration about withdrawing customs officials and stopping the tax invigilation procedure.
According to the dealers, all efforts to persuade the government to take notice of their suffering have failed, and the only choice is to close the stores for many days.
This judgment is in response to the association’s complaints about various choices made to enforce tax compliance and monitoring in its industry.
The group voiced its unhappiness with the government and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in a news conference held on October 2, 2023, for failing to heed its demands to rethink the deployment of a compliance task force to check tax compliance within their industry.
Takyi Addo, a spokesperson for the Abossey Okai Spare Part Dealers Association, stated in an interview that the shift would be temporary in order to press the GRA for a reassessment.
“The new directive is because the government is refusing to pay attention to our concerns that the GRA must change its style and withdraw with the tax invigilation exercise. It is more like an intimidation to our members and we can no longer bear it”.
“So we will therefore close the shops so that we protest and send our petition to the GRA, Parliament and the Presidency as well,” Takyi Addo told Joy Business.
The closure is planned to last three days, following which a temporary solution will be implemented.