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Workers task NASS on tax law review

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—THE Joint Action Committee of Associations and Unions of workers in all federal institutions in Edo State have called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the on-going tax law review and come out with a new tax law that would be in tandem with the current economic realities in the country.

Such a law, the group said, could be easily adjusted to reflect any future change in salary structure and inflation.

In a press conference in Benin weekend, Chairman of the Joint Action Committee, Mr. Jacob Egharevba, directed workers of federal institutions whose management had continued to deduct what the union called ‘satanic tax rate’ by Edo State government to proceed on indefinite strike.

Egharevba explained that before the assumption of office of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as governor of the state, federal workers had been paying taxes in accordance with the agreement with  Edo State Board of Internal Revenue.

He added that over the years, previous governments had negotiated with the workers on a reasonable Pay As You Earn (PAYE) because of the flaw inherent in the Tax Decree of 1993.

An example of such negotiation, he said, was in November 2002 when Edo State Board of Internal Revenue agreed with the federal workers to deduct 5 % of their basic salaries as PAYE tax.


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