FG to access information on all taxpayers — Fowler

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FG to obtain, access information on all categories of taxpayers — Fowler

By Muhammad Nasir Bello

The Chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB) Mr Tunde Fowler, on Monday, said Federal Government planned to obtain and access information on all categories of taxpayers through Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

He made the disclosure at the 139th meeting of the board held in Sokoto on Monday.

Fowler said the most important aspect of Nigeria’s tax administration which required attention was registration of taxpayers of all categories.

He added that “available records showed that an estimated 80 per cent registered taxpayers were from formal sector, an indication that very low income was generated from tax in the informal sector.

“Our plan now is to bring in the high net-worth individuals into the tax net to ensure that everyone is in the tax net.

“This is to ensure that everyone is fully involved in contributing toward the development of our country.

“Moreover, it is an agreed fact that majority of individuals in the private sector, including self-employed persons, professionals and high net-worth individuals are in default of paying relevant taxes which they are liable to pay.

“To address these challenges, therefore, government planned to access and obtain information on all categories of taxpayers through VAIDS.”

The chairman explained that going by the plan, taxpayers would be encouraged to
provide information to facilitate correct assessment and payment of relevant taxes.

He called on the public to support tax authorities and revenue agencies to enable efficient discharge of duties by collecting the needed revenue to fund government projects and service delivery.

Fowler thanked Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for hosting the meeting and for committing resources in that regard.

The governor commend JTB for choosing Sokoto State for the meeting and called on the management of the board to remain committed to the development of the country.

Tambuwal, who was represented by the state’s Finance Commissioner, Alhaji Sa’idu Umar, said the state government was working toward granting full autonomy to the state’s board of internal revenue.

He urged the public to be law abiding and pay tax when due, saying “it always pays to pay tax to get more developmental projects for the country.”

The Executive Secretary of JTB, Mr Oseni Elamah, commended the Sokoto State Government “for transforming the state’s Internal Revenue Service.”

He said “it is on record that Sokoto State’s 2017 half year IGR is almost equal to the annual IGR for 2016. I therefore urge the service to work harder to justify the support received from the state government.”

The meeting, with its theme “Implementation of E-payment Channel for Remittance of Taxes and Blockage of Leakages to Enhance Revenue Generation”, was declared open by Gov. Tambuwal. (NAN)


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