Legendary video director Abraham Ohene Djan of OM Studios has debunked a publication made by Ghanacelebrities.com suggesting that his company has been shut down by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) due to non-payment of taxes.
A story published on August 3, 2017 on the Chris Vincent –owned website stated, the Accra based audio-visual media Production Company, OM Studios has been shut down and has had to seize operations as a result of tax evasion.
Reacting to the publication which was headlined, ‘Abraham Ohene Djan’s OM Studio Shut Down by Ghana Revenue Authority over Huge Tax Debt’.
The renowned video director and founder of OM Studios took to his Facebook page to explain the details of the issues. Expressing his displeasure and dissatisfaction about the growing worry posed by some bloggers via the internet, OM (as he is popularly called) remarked:
“This is one of the problems with the internet and irresponsible blogging. It is true that we had a visit from the GRA over a 5-year audit of our business. To demand payment for outstanding VAT, and as usual carry the media with them to embarrass companies. We have not withheld payment to GRA, we only asked for our documents to be released as the law state after an audit is done, to be independently reviewed. The delay in the non-release of our documents to be independently audited and checked (which every company has a right to) is what has resulted in the delay and added interest to the amount and subcounty visit to our office. The situation is under control and all our other taxes including SNNIT and payee and corporate taxes are up to date.
All this was explained to Ghana Celebrities when the reporter called me, but he seemed more interested in traffic for his blog thus the publication of a sensational story. Which is fine I can’t blame him that how he pays is rent, but It would be better if as an industry we tried to build companies rather than try to destroy it. A little respect for a company that has contributed to the media industry in Ghana for over 20 years would have been considerate.”
Ohene Djan, however assured all of OM Studios clients and the general public, the company still remains in business thus operational to provide top quality production contents of world class standards to serve the ever changing audio-visuals productions industry, not just in Ghana but across the continent and the world at large.