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This was the issue that perturbed the Honourable Member of UK Parliament for Monmouth, Hon. David Davies, as demonstrated in his article, “Are multinationals in Ghana really paying less in tax than market traders?” This article was published on 2nd May, 2012 in “The Commentator”, a UK based newspaper. The Honourable MP was surprised that ActionAid estimated that market women were paying more income taxes than Accra Brewery Company – a subsidiary of SABMiller. The MP did the right thing by contacting SABMiller to clarify the issue. SABMiller’s answer unfortunately convinced the MP to accept that SABMiller can omit to pay corporate income taxes as long as it pays excise duty and VAT – which are taxes borne by consumers.




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