Judge Samuel K. Marful-Sau (left), Director of the Judicial Training Institute, with Reverend Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, at the Laws Training Workshop fiscal
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), in collaboration with the Judicial Training Institute, has trained 30 judges on tax laws to facilitate the adjudication of tax cases and the prosecution of tax offenders.
Participants included selected judges from the Accra and Tema Circuit Courts in the Greater Accra region. The two-day exercise will be extended to other regions.
GRA Commissioner General Reverend Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah said the training would allow judges to better appreciate tax laws to help them in the trial of tax offenses.
He said this would also enable compliance enforcement since prosecution is part of the tax payment enforcement process.
âAfter the training, we can effectively prosecute delinquencies that do not meet their tax obligations,â said Rev. Owusu-Amoah.
The commissioner general said the authority was mandated to mobilize revenue for national development, and this year the entity was to collect taxes totaling GH Â¢ 60 million, and “we are on the right track.”
He further said that the training would strengthen the partnership between the authority and the judiciary in ensuring the application of tax laws to generate more income.
The director of the Judicial Training Institute, Judge Samuel K. Marful-Sau, who is also a Supreme Court judge, said the training was part of the continuing education of the judiciary to familiarize judges with the law, especially those on tax.
âThey say the law is in the hands of the judges, but sometimes we are not able to apply the law to the satisfaction of the decision makers. Every law has a policy behind it, so it is important that we involve the institutions that are supposed to implement the laws so that the judiciary and the institutions work together at the same level, âhe said.
According to Judge Marful-Sau, laws were passed for a purpose and judges were trained to interpret laws, adding, âIt is easy to interpret the law, if you know the purpose of the law; you will make sure that the objective of the law is respected for the good of all.