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Cross River govt threatens tax defaulters

By  John Ighodaro
CALABAR—Cross River State Government has said it would not hesitate to probe any village head who failed to produce eligible tax payer in their domain that defaults in payment of taxes.

Explaining the new measure in Calabar, Special Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke on Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Arop, said the measure was to encourage royal fathers to assist the state’s Internal Revenue Service, IRS, in its drive to increase revenue generation by fashioning out workable drive in their respective areas.

“If there is no tax returns from a village head, there is no need for them to be probed,” he said, adding that  “our involvement in this matter will clearly throw light on the authenticity or otherwise of the villages on ground because ghosts cannot pay taxes.”

He further explained that the effort will also enhance the ongoing village identification which had reached advanced stage.

Arop also disclosed that the state government had carried out direct physical visits with topographical maps taken as identity cards to be issued to all the chiefs as a first step.


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