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Delta revenue board to crackdown on defaulting tax payers

WARRI—CHAIRMAN of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Thomas Joel-Onowakpo, has expressed the readiness of the Board to crack down on defaulting tax payers to ensure full compliance.

Joel-Onowakpo, who stated this while addressing staff of the Board in Warri, emphasized that voluntary tax compliance would bring about sustainable infrastructural development in the state.

He charged the Board’s revenue collectors to re-double their efforts to accelerate revenue generation in the state and urged them to be transparent in their dealings with the tax paying public to promote the integrity of the Board.

Joel -Onowakpo advised all taxable individuals and firms to pay their due taxes to government, adding that they should go to the nearest tax office to pick their assessment forms and pay directly to the banks.

Meanwhile, the Delta State of Internal Revenue Board yesterday purchased two Toyota Corollas and two Toyota Hilux pickups as part of efforts to boost revenue collection in the state.

Commissioning the vehicles, the Board chairman, Mr. Thomas Joel-Onowakpo, thanked the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for graciously approving funds for the Board to purchase the vehicles.

According to him, the vehicles are meant for the monitoring unit of the Board, and that the Board was still in need of more vehicles to cover the state more effectively.

He stressed that the Board’s internal machinery for the enforcement of voluntary compliance by tax payers had been overhauled by the creation of the legal, tax monitoring, tax audit,  investigation and enforcement department.

Joel – Onowakpo said with the creation of these departments, tax payers, employers of labour and companies dealing in transactions with withholding tax components would receive notice of the Board’s intention to visit their premises for routine monitoring to ascertain their level of compliance with the provisions of the tax law.

He pledged that he would run a very accessible, open and transparent administration, adding that government was determined to motivate the work force for attaining the set objectives.


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