The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun has called on the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to reform the tax law to enable the Informal Sector tax collection process as easy as that of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) which empowers employers of labour to deduct taxes from their employees and remit to the government.
Dr Awodun made this call during the Annual Seminar/Workshop tagged Guidelines on PAYE Operation and Other Statutory Deductions due to the State Government held at Kwara Hotels, GRA, Ilorin on 25th January 2018.
The Executive Chairman gave insights on the performance of the Service over the years and gave credit to various public and private sector organizations for assisting the Revenue Service to perform commendably in tax drive and implored residents of Kwara State to support the Government in actualizing its goals by paying their taxes.
Dr Awodun said there is a need for the Workshop to hold annually to train, update knowledge about changes that may have occurred during the year and to discuss issues that affect remittance of taxes by various organizations. He emphasized that it is an avenue to appreciate account officers of organizations for prompt remittance of PAYE as and when due.
He added that Kwara State is still dependent on the Formal Sector and the strive to increase revenue is still struggling with the formal organizations.
“I am beginning to see a pattern coming from Informal Sector that will inform some kind of changes that will take place in the future nationally so that the same way that the law empowers organizations to deduct and remit taxes directly, there should also be a way that the various associations in the Informal Sector are empowered to be the one to collect and remit taxes from and for the members of the associations and remit to the Revenue Service”, Dr Awodun explained.
The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS emphasized that these associations are organized and have modalities of collecting their dues from their members without chaos and if such associations are empowered by law to collect taxes from their members and remit to the revenue agencies, it will become more convenient for both the revenue agencies and taxpayers. This could be discussed at the next JTB meeting.
One of the facilitators, the Director of Admin and Operations, Mrs Adenike Babajamu said it is in the interest of KW-IRS to make taxpayers’ payments easier and block leakages at all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by introducing electronic payment platform.
She disclosed that all MDAs collections in Kwara State have been fully automated and trained Business Development Officers (BDOs) have been equipped to make transactions easier for taxpayers adding that payment can be done through smart phones and tablets anywhere as long as there is mobile internet. She added that clients who require assistance could also visit the MDAs where they would be assisted appropriately.
The event was attended by the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service Dr Muritala Awodun, Executive Chairman of Ondo State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr Tolu Adegbite, Director of Admin and Operations, Mrs Adenike Babajamu, Director of Tax Assessment, Mr ‘Lekan Rotimi, Director of Corporate, Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Muhammed, Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah Aiyelabegan, Representatives of Corporate Organizations and staff of KW-IRS.