Hairdressers and Carpenters may Start Paying Tax – Muhammad Nami, the Executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has hinted that Hairdressers and Carpenters may Start Paying Tax in the claims that the agency plans to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society.
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The chairman of FIRS made this disclosure when he received in his office, in Abuja , a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), that was led by Chris Isiguzo, the National President. He claimed that their (FIRS) proposed road infrastructure tax would provide the government with adequate funding for road construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance. In his official statement which was released by the agency, he said;
“The only way to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society is by making them pay when they use the roads. “That is why we are proposing that government should consider introducing Road Infrastructure Tax in Nigeria. “In many jurisdictions, road users pay for the use of road infrastructure as such it shouldn’t be seen as an additional burden on our citizens because it has the potential of making life better for all of us.
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“Without the tax that you pay, governments at all levels would not be able to fulfil their mandate to the electorates. Tax money also helps to ensure the roads you travel are safe and always in good condition.”
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“Without the tax that you pay, governments at all levels would not be able to fulfil their mandate to the electorates. Tax money also helps to ensure the roads you travel are safe and always in good condition “Adopting technology in tax administration is crucial in improving domestic revenue mobilisation in view of dwindling oil prices in order to avoid falling into a debt crisis. It is against this backdrop that the TaxPro-Max became the channel for filing Naira-denominated tax returns effectively from 7th June 2021.
“The TaxPro-Max enables seamless registration, filing of returns, payment of taxes and automatic credit of withholding tax as well as other credits to the Taxpayer’s accounts, among other features. The technology also provides a single-view to Taxpayers for all transactions with the Service.”
Nami also said that the FIRS collected N4.2 trillion between January and September 2021 as VAT, following the “successful facilitation of ISO 27001:2013 Certification of the FIRS’ Exchange of Information Centre and the achievement of 114.66 percent of the VAT collection target in the first half of the year”.
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