The Vice-President of the republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has described the roll out of the Unified Digital Platform for Property Taxation by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) as a historic innovation.
The Unified Digital Platform for Property Taxation includes the list and details of over seven million properties, uniquely identified by their addresses.
According to Bawumia, the platform can be used by property owners to verify their property rates and pay same and receive receipts online.
It also makes it possible for the Ghana Revenue Authority and the municipal, metropolitan and district assemblies (MMDAs) to track in real-time, which properties have or have not paid their property taxes.
In a Facebook post on Monday (13 February), Bawumia said the platform will significantly increase property rate collection and revenues.
The Unified Property Rate Platform can be accessed at www.myassembly.gov.gh
Features of the platform
The platform will eliminate cash transactions and payments to the staff of the assembly. Also, it helps with the payment of bills using mobile money, electronic cards, and bank payments, among others.
The platform has a self-service portal for reviewing rateable values, rate bills, and checking balances, among others.
Users will also be able to access real-time reporting of receipts and bill status, among others.
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One of the problems Ghana has faced in the area of revenue generation since independence is that only about 9% of properties in Ghana pay property taxes. This is because we have not had a database of properties, the owners and their addresses. As a result, many property owners do not even receive bills for property taxes although they are willing to pay.
Thanks to the implementation of the Digital Property Address System, the Ghanacard, and Mobile Money Interoperability, and after three years of painstaking work, Government has been able to put in place a Unified digital platform for property taxation which the Ghana Revenue Authority is now rolling out together with the Municipal and District Assemblies.
The Unified Digital Platform for Property Taxation includes the list and details of over 7 million properties, uniquely identified by their addresses. This is a historic innovation for Ghana.
On this digital platform, property owners can verify their property rates and pay same and receive receipts online. Also, the GRA and MMDAs can see, in real-time, which properties have or have not paid their property taxes. This unified digital platform will significantly increase property rate collection and revenues.
The Unified Property Rate Platform can be accessed at www.myassembly.gov.gh and I encourage you to visit, login and explore the site.
My thanks to the Ministers for Finance, Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Lands and Natural Resources, the
Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority and other stakeholders who worked closely and tirelessly with my office to bring this major project to completion.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
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