By Umar Yusuf
YOLAÂ – The six states in the North-East geo-political zone received over N4 billion as Value Added Tax (VAT) from the Federal Inland Revenue Service in June this year.
The figure is made up of N2.438.5 billion for the states and N2.550.68 billion for their Local Government Councils.
The Tax Controller, Bauchi Integrated Tax Office, Mr. Andrew Refunji disclosed this in Yola, yesterday, in a paper he presented at a sensitisation workshop on tax revenue generation in the face of economic meltdown.
Giving a breakdown of the figure received by each state, Refunji said Adamawa State got N413 million, Bauchi N46.2Â million; Borno N448.3 million while Gombe got N372.16 million as VAT for the month of June.
According to him, Taraba received N367.6 million and Yobe N374.9 million for the same month.
The Tax Officer revealed that the amount shared by the states and their local governments for the month of July was still being worked on.
He identified lack of education on the part of tax payers, sharp practices by government officials and banks’ failure to remit tax withheld to the relevant authorities as some of the problems militatingÂ against collection of VAT in Nigeria.
In a message to the workshop, chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mrs. Ifueku Omoigui- Akaulu, faulted the assumption by tax payers to governmentâ€™s failure to provide social services as an excuse for them to evade tax.
Mrs. Akaulu argued that tax payers should be seen to seek to correct the systems, which bring about such failure and demand good and transparent governance.