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GRA closes down Surfline over unpaid taxes

Surfline main office being closed by GRA officials. Photo Source: Culled from the Internet

The Ghana Revenue Authority [GRA] on Tuesday, closed down Surfline Communications Limited, a Ghanaian owned telecommunications company for owing GH¢37 million.

The debt of Surfline constitutes Valued Added Tax [VAT], Pay As You Earn [PAYE] and communication service tax, which is owed from 2015 to 2018.

Globacom [Glo], another telecommunications company risked closure but escaped, after it paid GH¢2 million out of its GH¢10 million debt.

“Glo debt, constitutes VAT and communication service tax,” the Assistant Commissioner Communications and Public Affairs of GRA, Mr Bobie-Ansah, told the media.

He said, Glo debt is owed from March 2017 to June 2018, ‘which GRA had constantly notified the company to pay but to no avail.’

Surfline, according to Mr Ansah, was closed down due to unwillingness to make any payment.

The company’s head office at Roman Ridge in Accra was thus closed down yesterday.

Mr Ansah indicated that Glo has also been urged to with immediate effect, make full payment to avoid closure in the days ahead.


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