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FIRS seeks voluntary compliance on tax remittance

Lagos – The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Thursday urged tax payers to remit their taxes promptly for the overall development of the nation.

Mr Emmanuel Obeta, the Director of Communication in the FIRS, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that some eligible persons were still evading taxes.

Obeta, who spoke on behalf of the acting Chairman of the Service, Alhaji Kabir Mashi, said that taxes were vital to the development of the economy.

According to him, proceeds from taxes are being used to build infrastructure, especially in this era of dwindling oil earnings.

He said that the service would continue to render good services to taxpayers through FIRS offices nationwide.

Obeta, however, warned that the service would not hesitate to punish erring company that failed to pay tax after the series of persuasion.

“The service recently arrested some tax evaders owing over N4.8 billion tax  arrears,’’ he said.

According to the director, the FIRS has embarked on sensitisation programmes to educate citizens on the relevance of paying taxes.

“We carryout series of sensitisation through the various media and workshops to let the tax payers know the necessity of paying taxes.

“We will continue to do this until there is full compliance by tax payers,’’ Obeta said.

He said that the sensitisation programme had yielded positive results as there had been improvement on tax collection. (NAN)


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