Mr. George Blankson is the Commissioner-General for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). He is a Tax Reform Consultant/Tax Administrator and Economist with specialization in revenue modernization, VAT administration, design and implementation of tax procedures as well as economic analysis and revenue forecasting.
Until his appointment as the Commissioner-General, Mr. Blankson worked for Crown Agents as a Lead consultant/ Manager to the DFID support to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) project, Sierra Leone.
His responsibilities at the NRA Sierra Leone involved advising the Commissioner-General on all the operational business areas covered by the project. He was the lead advisor on all aspects of design and implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT), as well as working with other consultants to develop and implement a Revenue Authority modernisation programme.
Among his achievements at the NRA was the effective management of the project which impressed the DFID to expand the scope and budget of the project in 2007 to include an additional component: a Short Term Revenue Improvement Programme (STRIP).
In 2003, Mr. Blankson led a three-member consulting team from the Revenue Agencies Governing Board (RAGB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the Republic of Gambia to train the Sales Tax Staff of the Inland Revenue Department on the draft Sales Tax Regime as well as review and submit comments on the draft legislation.
The Commissioner-General was a Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations at the VAT Service, Ghana from 1998 to 2005, Deputy Director of Operations on the VAT project, Ministry of Finance, 1993-1998.He was an Assistant Commissioner in charge of Research and Monitoring at the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) from 1986-1993.
Mr. Blankson has attended a number of conferences and seminars both home and abroad and has a number of publications to his credit. Some of his publications include “Enhancing Tax Compliance Under VAT in Ghana”, a paper which was presented at the International Seminar on Taxation, Senior Course Two in Tokyo, Japan in 2003, “Exemption and Zero-Rating Under VAT: The Ghanaian Experience and Lessons”, a paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Forum of Commissioners of VAT in Africa held at Livingston, Zambia in 2001 among others.
The Commissioner-General holds an M.SC Economics with specialization in Taxation from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, B.A (Hons) Economics from the University of Ghana, and a Certificate in Senior Taxation Course from the National Tax College, Tokyo, Japan.