Abians laud Ikpeazu for nipping 'Multiple taxation' in the bud

By Admin on 10/07/2018

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On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Executive Governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu held a meeting  with key stakeholders in the internally generated revenue collection chain. The agreement reached includes the following:

- Henceforth, only properly identified staff of the Abia State Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with the state’s global consultant on IGR, CSDC, have the authority to collect revenue due to the state and local governments.

- Approved revenue collected on behalf of local governments are to be remitted to them by the state revenue collection agency after monthly reconciliation.

- The state government wishes to reiterate its decision to use recognized Trade Unions such as ASMATA, NURTW, ASATOA, Association of Importers et al to enforce the collection of Flying Revenue from their members. Executives of the concerned associations are to contact the office of the Chairman of the Abia State Internal Revenue Service to obtain approved list of payable revenue.

- As much as possible, flying revenue can be collected through recognized unions and trade associations in the state to ensure that registered members pay as and when due.

- All corporate organizations operating in the state are to ensure that PAYE and other Taxes are remitted to the government as and when due or face punitive action and sanctions as provided in law.

- Any policeman or security agent attached to a revenue collection team, other than the State Internal Revenue Service, is to be arrested and prosecuted for engaging in illegal duties.

- All revenue payments are to be made to the designated government accounts as will be published by the State Internal Revenue Service Agency.

- No Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) of the state is authorized to issue revenue collection license or permit to any individual or group from henceforth.

- All revenue collection licenses or permits previously issued by MDAs are by this announcement nullified.

- Local government authorities are also expected to withdraw all revenue collection permits issued to agents with immediate effect.

Reacting to the development, some Abians who have been victims of multiple taxation took to social media to commend the state Governor for the bold step towards streamlining and improving the state's IGR.

See comments below:

"It's a welcomed development if properly implemented as stated,lack of proper follow up of things make the people loose confidence. wish Abia govt fruitful result," - Chijioke Onu

"God bless the Government, we hope this good tax initiatives has good intention and will be implemented in good faith," - Evangelist Eleanya Odu

"Sir i welcome these idea, OVI my governor thats a good move," - Uche Achumba

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Posted on July, 10 2018

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