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Income Taxes

Domestic income taxes

    • Corporate Tax: This is the tax paid by companies on their profits in the year. The tax rate is 25%.
    • Personal Income Tax: Self-employed persons are required to pay Income tax at graduated rates in four equal installments. The current Personal Income Tax rates took effect from January 2016.
    • Pay As You Earn (PAYE): The PAYE contributions are with holdings from salaries of employees in order to satisfy their income tax responsibilities. The PAYE is computed with the Personal Income Tax rates.
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      In the past, the top personal income-tax rate was only 30 percent, but that rate was encountered at an income threshold of $5,400 per year. The 20 percent rate was at $2,700 and the 15 percent rate was at $270 per year.

In addition, Ghanaians paid a 12.5 percent Value Added Tax VAT. There was also a "wealth tax," currently suspended, but which could come back at any moment. Even the cloud of a wealth tax discourages the accumulation of wealth.

2017 Budget


    • Click here for more information regarding the corporate tax for the past 10 years.
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2005 Budget

    • Corporate tax reduces from 32.5 per cent to 28 per cent.


2004 Budget


  • Increase in the minimum tax free threshold from 1.2 million to 1.5 million
  • Reduction in corporate income tax rate from 32.5 percent to 30 percent effective next financial year.
  • Special tax rate of 25 percent for companies listing on Stock Exchange for the first time.
  • 5-year tax holiday for new agro-processing firms.
  • Revised taxes for agro-processing as follows:
  • Accra and Tema - 20 percent.
  • Other Regional Capitals - 10 percent
  • Outside Regional Capitals - zero
  • For 3 Northern Regions zero tax rates for Agro-processing firms irrespective of location.
  • 7-year tax holiday for waste processing enterprises.
  • 5-year tax holiday for companies investing in production of cocoa industrial by-products.