NABCO: Revenue Ghana Interview, All Questions and Answers

Interview for Revenue Ghana is currently in progress. Here are some questions to expect and how to answer them. Have some suggestions or want to share some questions you were asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

Revenue Ghana Direct Questions

Who is the GRA commissioner?

Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti

What are the Duties of a Revenue Collector?

Among other things, a revenue collector primarily educates the people he comes in contact with, takes payment and issues receipts as well as account for any monies collected from customers at the end of the day.

Why did you choose Revenue Ghana?

I studied Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major at the University of Development Studies, Tamale. With my experience in the field of Accounting and Finance, I deem it fit that I would be more productive working under this module than any other module.

Moreover, I have had my service with the GRA as a revenue collector at the Adentan District.

Do the district assemblies generate revenue like the GRA? And are there any difference between them?

The GRA is a national entity mandated to collect taxes for the state development whiles District Assemblies are local entities mandated to generate money through levies for the district’s own development.

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General Questions you may be asked

What is Revenue?

Revenue is the total amount of income that is realized by an organization or business institution through it primary or main business activities. Simply, is the gross income of an organization. Any amount that is realized by a business organization through the sales of its goods and services as part of its primary business activities, is revenue.

Some other things you should know about the GRA before your Revenue Ghana Interview

Short Information About the GRA

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 2009 (Act 791) merging the three revenue agencies that is the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Value Added Tax Service (VATS) and the Revenue Agencies Governing Board (RAGB) Secretariat into a single Authority for the administration of taxes and customs duties in the country.

Why the GRA was established

GRA has been established to:

Integrate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Value Added Tax Service (VATS) into domestic tax operations on functional lines.

Integrate the management of Domestic Tax and Customs

Modernise Domestic Tax and Customs operations through the review of processes and procedures with ICT as the backbone

Why the need to Integrate Revenue Agencies in Ghana?

  1. Reduced administrative and tax compliance cost
  2. Better service delivery
  3. Improved departmental information flow.
  4. A holistic approach to domestic tax and customs administration
  5. Enhanced revenue mobilisation

Divisions of the Ghana Revenue Authority

GRA has three main divisions. They are:

  1. Customs Division (CD)
  2. Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD)
  3. Support Services Division (SSD)

The three-winged structure merges the management support services of Finance, Administration, Research of the erstwhile agencies under one Support Services Division. This leaves the Customs Division and the Domestic Tax Revenue Division free to focus entirely on revenue collection.

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Vision and Mission of GRA

VISION

“To be a world class revenue administration recognised for professionalism, integrity and excellence”.

MISSION

“To mobilise revenue for national development in a transparent, fair, effective and efficient manner”.

CORE VALUES

Integrity and fairness in GRA’s service delivery.

Teamwork, innovation and professionalism are GRA’s hallmarks.

Governance Structure of the GRA

The Authority is headed by a Commissioner-General. There are three major Divisions – Domestic Tax Revenue, Customs and Support Services each headed by a Commissioner.
· Taxpayers will be segmented into three identifiable groups based on defined criteria (Large, Medium and Small)
· Tax collection will be reorganised on functional lines rather than tax types
· The business processes of domestic taxes will be re-engineered and modernized to increase efficiency.

Functions of the GRA

  1. Assess and collect taxes, interest and penalties on taxes due to the Republic with optimum efficiency;
  2. Pay the amounts collected into the Consolidated Fund unless otherwise provided by this Act and other Acts;
  3. Promote tax compliance and tax education;
  4. Combat tax fraud and evasion and co-operate to that effect with other competent law enforcement agencies and revenue agencies in other countries;
  5. Advise District Assemblies on the assessment and collection of their revenue;
  6. Prepare and publish reports and statistics related to its revenue collection;
  7. Make recommendations to the Minister on revenue collection policy; and
  8. Perform any other function in relation to revenue as directed by the Minister or assigned to it under any other enactment.

General Questions

Please tell us something about yourself

My name is Francis Babadie. I graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a second class lower division in 2015. Between that time and now, I have successfully completed my National Service, where I served as the District NASPA Secretary. I possess a strong sense of dedication to every work I do and I am most passionate about my country Ghana and helping it to become better.

What do you know about NABCO?

This question seeks to find out how much you know about the programme.

The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme is a government initiative to address graduate unemployment to solve social problems.

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The focus of the initiative will be solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization and collection.

Government is seeking to employ 100,000 graduates in solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization and collection. All trainees will be paid a monthly stipend of GHS 700.

You can continue by stating the objectives of the programme:

  • Provide temporary employment to unemployed graduates
  • Improve skills and employability for the transition from programme to permanent employment
  • Improve public service delivery
  • Improve government revenue mobilization
  • To provide needed infrastructure to improve access to basic public services

What do you expect to gain out of this temporary role?

Let them know you are not in for the money but for skills as well.

From the NABCO website, it is clear that the programme will take 3 years. I also understand that during the time, I will gain skills and experience, and I am very interested in getting those, especially as I look forward to getting fully employed in the future.

What has your Job Search Experience been like?

Be truthful and tell them about some problems you faced while getting employed if any.

After completing the University of Ghana, I had my National Service in the Central Region. It has been difficult getting a job even though I adopted both online and offline searches. Therefore, when I heard about NABCO, I decided to apply as I will not only be working, but I will also gain skills.

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