Popular actor Clement Bonney, known in the movie industry as Mr. Beautiful, has criticised the Ghana government over plans to tax actors, actresses, musicians and other entertainers.
According to Mr. Beautiful, such taxes are unjustified because the government has done very little to improve the creative arts industry.
He warned that the move could end up failing if all stakeholders are not involved in the discussion process before these taxes are implemented.
Mr. Beautiful said it will be difficult for entertainers to accept the taxes since the government has contributed nothing to the creative arts industry.
“Government has done nothing for the creative arts industry to demand for tax. What Government needs to do is to consider having a discussion with stakeholders in the industry.” The actor said on Accra-based Hitz FM.
“This tax system should be well understood by us. Government has to school us to tell us why it’s important to pay the tax if it has supported or done anything good for the arts industry. For me, the approach Government wants to use will rather make it worse.”
Meanwhile, fellow actress Mercy Asiedu says they are ready to challenge government over its plans to tax entertainers.
According to her, they [actors and actresses] are ready to go to prison if that is what it will take to stand their ground.
She narrated that she was once on set shooting with fellow actor Kwadwo Nkansah (Lil Win), when some personnel from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) approached the latter to demand that they pay taxes for every movie they shoot.
This, she said, is unfair since they already pay for copyrights. Mercy Asiedu subsequently called for more enlightenment and education on the subject.