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FIRS Chairman decries use of tax consultants by States, LGs

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, has warned that the use of tax consultants to collect internally generated revenue will hamper the country’s growth. Omoigui-Okauru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that their involvement in tax collection was promoting corruption, stressing that the use of consultants by the States and Local Governments is not only illegal, but a subversion of the activities of tax officers nationwide.

She, however, said that the consultants should be restricted to capacity building and the generation of proactive policies to improve internally generated revenue (IGR).“I am completely opposed to the use of tax consultants while having tax officers who are paid with tax payers’ money,” Omoigui-Okauru said.According to her, the ongoing tax reforms are primarily aimed at developing a sustainable national source of income for the provision of an infrastructure backbone.

Omoigui-Okauru explained that the FIRS had embarked on an automated integrated tax system, capacity building and specialisation to enable it meet the challenges and dynamics of tax collection.She said the FIRS was seeking a collaboration with the states and local governments to produce one personal identification number.“The number which will focus on capturing tax information on individuals and corporate bodies will help to eliminate multiple taxation and diversify IGR, which is totally dependent on pay-as-you-earn.“The current constitution of the IGR where 90 per cent comes from pay-as-you-earn is unacceptable to us at the FIRS. We are committed to capturing individuals and corporate organisations in diversified areas,” she added.


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