THE head office of internet service provider, Surfline, has been shut down by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) earlier this week for unpaid taxes to the tune of GH₵37 million.
Surfline’s head office located at Roman Ridge, a suburb of Accra, was locked up by the Debt Management and Compliance Enforcement Unit of the GRA in an exercise embarked on by the Authority in the Greater Accra Region to retrieve taxes owed to the state.
The GH₵37 million owed by Surfline comprises of Value Added Tax (VAT), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Communication Services Tax accrued over a three-year period from 2015 to 2018 including interest plus and incidental cost.
“Surfline owes more than thirty seven million cedis in taxes, these taxes have accrued since 2015 and seeing that they do not have any available money to make payment we have locked up the company,” Deputy Commissioner in Charge of Communications and Public Affairs at the GRA, Kwasi Bobbie-Ansah indicated.
He said the GRA has given Surfline ten days to come up with a payment plan or face further action which could include a civil suit.
The GRA later visited the head office of Glo Telecommunication on the Spintex Road. Glo also owed an amount of GH¢10.3 million accrued from 2017 to 2018.
Management of the company, on the spot, issued a cheque for GH¢2 million as part payment. The company however promised to visit the offices of the GRA to deliberate on a payment plan.
Chief Revenue Officer at the GRA, Wisdom Xetor noted that the Authority will have no option but to consider the sale of some assets of Surfline and other defaulting companies.
“If after ten days the company has not been able to make any form of payment, one of the options will be to sell off some of their assets,” he warned.
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