As part of the strategies of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to engage stakeholders and make payment of taxes simple and convenient for taxpayers, the Service resolved in 2016 to collect Personal Income Tax (PIT) through various associations and organized groups of the Informal Sector.

The State Chairman of the Union Alhaji Isa Ore flagged off the 2018 PIT payment at a meeting with members of the Union and staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service held at the NURTW Headquarters, Airport Road, Ilorin. He charged his members across the State to make payment this year directly to the Service or through NURTW Branch and Zonal Chairmen to avoid being enforced by the appropriate agencies.

In his address, the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun commended the Union for their compliance in the previous years. He referred to them as the pacesetters that other Unions emulated in remittance of taxes in the preceding year. He urged the members to perform their statutory responsibility by following the step of the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji (Dr) Abdulfatah Ahmed who recently paid his Land Charge at the Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS, Ilorin.

Earlier in an interactive session with the KW-IRS Director of Special Duties, Mr Olusegun Olaniyi, members of the Union asked about the Kwara Resident Identification Number (KRIN) card and where to make payments.

In his response, Mr Segun Olaniyi said the KRIN could be obtained online or at the Revenue House of KW-IRS while the card would be issued upon production. On payments, he assured the Union members that one of the strategies of KW-IRS was making payment convenient for taxpayers by introducing several simple and easy payment methods. This included payment in instalment, use of electronic payment platform (via pay.kw-irs.com, or quickteller.com/kwirs) or through their various associations.

Shortly after the interactive session, the State Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Issa Ore paid his PIT and urged all members to fulfil their civic obligation through paying their taxes voluntarily in order to avoid being enforced, citing the recent payment of Land Charge by Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed as a good example. He was presented his receipt as evidence of payment by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a cheque of five million and five hundred naira only (N5, 500,000) for the purchase of a Toyota Corolla as official vehicle for the Union to support their activities.

The Union members expressed profound joy and took Dr Awodun and his team on a tour of their Zonal Secretariat under construction.

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