The 4G data service network providers, Surfline Ghana, has found themselves embroiled in trouble with the government after they were shut down due to non payment of taxes.
The Ghana Revenue Authority shut down the Ridge Head office of the company today, Tuesday, over the company owing yet failing to pay about Ghc 37m in taxes.
The company has defaulted on several forms of corporate taxes since 2015 and having ignored numerous warnings to pay, was finally forcibly shut down today.
It’s ironic that Surfline, known for being perhaps the most expensive data company in the country, has refused to pay taxes when they charge customers through the nose for their services.
The GRA has given the company 10 days to pay the debt or face legal action.
For the moment, officials of the GRA’s Debt Management and Compliance Enforcement Unit would keep the office shut down until a solution is reached.
Assistant Commissioner of Communications and Public Affairs of the GRA, Mr Kwasi Bobia-Ansah, said shutting down was their last option but they had been left with no choice by Surfline.
“We prefer to dialogue…we just don’t close down. This is one of the last tools available to us…We communicate, remind you, etc but they don’t show enough commitment.”