Letter from Africa: How to get Ghanaians to pay their taxes


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In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene says the government should ban funerals for people who fail to pay taxes.

There is a saying, attributed to American founding father Benjamin Franklin, that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes.

Over here in Ghana, we accept the death bit and make a big deal of it, but we are not too certain about the taxes.

We don’t like paying taxes and the tax people themselves have not been particularly keen on collecting taxes from us. So we all amble on and pretend to be running and living in a modern state.

I know I have said it often but it is worth repeating that it…

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