The Registrar-General’s Department (RGD) has cautioned the public to be wary of faceless people requesting owners of companies and businesses to send various sums of monies through mobile money to renew their business names or pay their penalty for non-filing of annual returns.
A statement issued on Thursday said: “we wish to state that the Department has not authorized any group of persons or an Individual to make such a request on behalf of the Department.
The general public must, therefore, disregard any such calls as the Department does not interact with defaulting clients through such means but rather through Publications in the Print and Electronic media as well as sending Text messages to notify our clients,” the statement said.
The Registrar-General Department said it has taken steps to investigate the matter in order to bring the perpetrators to book.
The statement further advised Companies and Partnerships that have not as yet filed their Annual or Nil Returns and Group Account of External Companies that were registered as far back as 1963 to 2018 to do so on or before TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER, 2019.
Additionally, all Directors, Secretaries, and Shareholders of Companies that have not updated their records into the new database e-Registrar are expected to obtain individual Tax Identification Number (TIN) from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), as well as update the company records at the Department.
“We wish to reiterate that the filing of Annual Returns is mandatory as stated in Section 122 (1&2) of the Companies Act, 1963, (Act179), “that a Company shall file its Annual Returns eighteen (18) months after Incorporation and once, at least in every year thereafter,” the statement added.