24 February 2014

Ghana: Govt Urged to Impose Taxes On Actors, Actresses

A KUMASI-based Actor has started a debate by calling on government to impose taxes on actors and actresses in the country.

Nana Osei Kwame Brempong, known in showbiz as Sharpiro, has started a crusade urging the government to tax actors and actresses in Ghana.

Nana Osei Kwame has revealed that actors and actresses in Ghana, including himself, have not been paying tax to the government of Ghana, and this does not help to develop the country.

According to him, there should be a need for the government or the industry to tax actors in the country to sustain the film industry.

He said, "it is very worrying, looking at the colossal amount of money some of the actors and actresses earn after shooting three or four movies, without paying any tax to the government or the entertainment industry.

"The producers even don't issue any VAT receipt when they are paying them, which is wrong, it can never happen in Nigeria, I learn that the producers and other sectors in the industry pay taxes for the sustainability of the industry, and why is it that actors don't pay?" he queried. Nana Osei Kwame said, if his colleague actors and actresses want the sustainability of the film industry, they should start paying taxes to the government or contribute financially to the industry to secure the industry's future.

"I think if we are able to implement this suggestion, it will help us all because the money that we pay as taxes will help develop the country."

Speaking about the current state of the Ghanaian film industry on ASHH FM Entertainment Zone, Sharpiro suggested that the Ghana Actors Guild must create a fund that will take care of ageing actors and actresses who fought for the industry and are now in bad conditions.

He also agreed with Majid Michel that the Ghanaian movie industry cannot be compared to the Nigerian Film Industry.

"The Ghana Actors Guild is not effective as the Nigerian Actors Guild, so I agree with Majid totally for what he said about our movie industry. He shouldn't be blamed for that. We must work to improve on the current state of our industry than to hold peoples neck for their comments," he noted. Pix: Nana Osei Kwame Brempong

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