All illegal tax collection must stop ― Dr Isong
By Ike Uchechukwu – Calabar
The Chairman, Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency, CRSATA, Bishop (Dr) Emma Isong has vowed to prosecute those flouting the directives of the governor and the Tax Exemption Law will face the full wrath of the law.
Dr Isong gave the warning on Sunday in Calabar in a release he personally signed following reports of some consultants and proscribed Unions including Local government revenue staff who were still extorting innocent citizens.
He said it was really disturbing and a big shame for anyone in whatever guise to go about extorting money from innocent citizens adding that it was criminal and highly unacceptable while assuring the public that perpetrators will be seriously dealt with.
His words: “It has come to the notice of the Anti-Tax Agency that in spite of His Excellency, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade’s directives to end illegal taxation in Cross River State, some proscribed Agencies, Unions, LGA revenue Staff, individuals and tax consultants have taken it upon themselves to continually extort from innocent citizens.
“This not acceptable even after the Governor had issued several warnings to the perpetrators to desist from such inhuman act of extorting their hard-earned money. Besides, such an act is against the Cross River State Tax Exemption Laws.
“The Agency, however, frowns at such flagrant abuse of laws and directive, warning that those still engaged in illegal collections of taxes, dues, levies, tolls and revenues from Keke-Napep, taxi drivers, hawkers, market women, shop owners and Small Scale Businesses shall be prosecuted by the law if caught.
“Henceforth, anybody caught in this illegal business shall be handed over to law enforcement officers for immediate prosecution,” he stated.