Ghana’s President, John Mahama, on Tuesday filed his tax returns for 2012 in what he described as a “symbolic gesture” to encourage members of the public to pay their taxes.
He said taxes were needed to provide facilities needed for the country’s growth and development.
“All the good things that we want – the roads, utility services and others – come from our taxes and we can only get them when we pay our taxes,” he said.
“I hope my symbolic gesture will help the Ghana Revenue Authority in their public education and awareness that everybody should pay their taxes,” President Mahama added.
The President explained that “even as president, if you have any other income, apart from your official income, you are supposed to pay tax”.
Under Ghana’s laws, the president is exempted from paying tax on his official income.
The sources of income of President Mahama were not made known