KW-IRS, Most Transparent Government Agency in Nigeria – Prof. Awodun

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Prof Muritala Awodun has described the Service as the most transparent government agency in Nigeria because KW-IRS demonstrated a high level of integrity in service delivery since inception.

Prof Awodun made this statement while answering questions from taxpayers at a workshop organized for corporate organizations and organized private sector in Kwara State on Pay As You Earn (PAYE) operation and other statutory deductions due to State Government held at Kwara Hotels, Ilorin on Thursday 24th of January 2019.

He added that the Service was recently certified by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) which assures that KW-IRS processes have abided by the international best practices. He said for the Service to have undergone the scrutiny of ISO was a way to prove that the processes and procedures of the Service are transparent, hitherto making KW-IRS as the first and only State Internal Revenue Service to be ISO certified.

Prof Awodun noted that apart from the quarterly media parley and radio programs, the revenues collected are always available on the Service’s website, publications and the 2018 Financial Report will soon be ready for the people to access.

In his presentation, the guideline on PAYE operation and rendition of statutory returns, the Head of Tax Assessment, Mr Sunday Samuel Agbana explained that Without prejudice to paragraph 21 of PAYE regulation and any other provisions, any employer that fails to register formally with RTA shall be liable on conviction to payment of fine in the sum of N25, 000 in addition to arrear of tax due.

He added that, a notice of direction to operate PAYE scheme shall be in writing addressed to the directed employer or be published in Gazette. In the said letter, the emolument of employee(s) shall be specified and the amount of income tax to be deducted whether by reference to e-TDS (Electronic Tax Deduction Sheet) issued by Relevant Tax Authority or otherwise (soft copy) S.81 (5) of PITA.

Similarly, the Head of Tax Audit, Alhaji Umar Alege made his presentation on expectations of tax audit department from directed employers in Kwara State in 2019 and beyond. He emphasized on section 70 (4) of Personal Income Tax Act,2011 as amended, that Withholding taxes on individuals and enterprises deducted are payable to the relevant tax authority. In the case of individuals and enterprises in Kwara State, it will be paid to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) while in the case of companies it will be remitted to Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Also, the Director of Corporate, Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Muhammed enlightened the participants on remittance and rendition of returns under PAYE scheme. He urged taxpayers to make use of the Service’s online platform in rendering tax returns.

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