She said taxation was crucial to help ensure the country’s development.
COP Addo-Danquah gave the assurance during an engagement with GUTA leaders in Accra yesterday to discuss and educate members on the need to pay taxes on their business activities.
It was also to debunk the views of GUTA members that EOCO was harassing them on tax matters.
The executive director said it was EOCO’s mandate to ensure taxes were paid to help generate revenue for the country’s development, adding that her outfit did not harass traders.
She urged GUTA members to ensure that they meet their obligations by paying taxes in the country.
COP Addo-Danquahsaid EOCO works with other state organizations including Ghana Revenue Authority, Police Department and Narcotics Control Commission for investigative purposes.
She assured GUTA members that union members would be made aware of the need to pay taxes in the country.
GUTA’s First Vice President, MrClemenceBoateng, who led the GUTA delegation, said that they were glad to have established a good relationship and had a fruitful meeting with EOCO.
He assured that with the relationship established, he hoped they would be able to work together to bring more success to the country.
GUTA’s Greater Accra Regional Chairman Nana KwabenaPrepra urged EOCO to ensure that foreign traders in the country do not evade taxes and ensure equality for all traders in taxation.
EOCO Deputy Head of Legal Affairs and Prosecutions, Mr. Leo Anthony Siamah, in a presentation on EOCO’s mandates, said there is a need to prevent and detect organized crime and facilitate the confiscation of proceeds of crime.
He said the functions of the office were to investigate and, under the authority of the Attorney General, prosecute serious offenses involving tax evasion, money laundering and institutions in which the state had financial interests, among others.
Mr Siamah said tax revenue was a major source of government revenue in funding public services as well as driving economic growth in most developing countries.
“Tax revenue is estimated to account for around 75% of the total revenue collected in Ghana,” he added.
He said tax evasion was an illegal way to evade responsibility for paying taxes.
Mr. Siamah mentioned some of the reasons why people evade taxes, namely high tax rates, low level of income, cumbersome tax laws and procedures, corruption of public officials and low level of education.
EOCO members included Ms. Aba Jacqueline Opoku, Deputy Executive Director Intelligence and Oversight, Mr. Edward Paditey, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Ms. Christiana Mensah, Accra Regional Office, Ms. Faustina Lartey Head of public affairs and Benjamin Yeboah responsible for Well-being.
Some of the GUTA executives present were Mr. Joseph Paddy, Public Relations Officer, Hajia Muina Buari, Executive Member, Mr. Benjamin Yeboah, Welfare Officer.