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Citizens Inclusiveness Paramount for our Success – Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

During the first town hall meeting on citizens’ engagement in the budget process today in Ilorin, His Excellency, the Executive Governor Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said that the success of every given economy is dependent on the inclusion of its citizenry in the budgetary process hence the need for this Town Hall meeting.

While addressing the audience, he stated that the State is aimed at ensuring that specific developmental goals are achieved across all sectors of the State and this can only be possible if everyone sees it as a collective responsibility.

He further affirmed that he has trust in the new leadership of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) as the organization is waxing stronger and living up to expectation.

The participants also commended the Administration of Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and further solicited for the Government to continually engage its citizenry across all the three senatorial districts.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN): Annual Tax Week

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Ilorin and District Society started-off its 2019 Annual Tax Week with a Public Lecture on Monday, 4th of November 2019. The lecture on the intricate topic, “Taxation & Development: A Siamese Twins or Triplet?” was delivered by a seasoned tax administrator, Prof. Muritala Awodun, former Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). Other key participants at the lecture includes the President of CITN Ilorin and District Society, Mr Ayodimeji Olalekan, Barr. Lateef Okandeji, Director Legal and Enforcement, KW-IRS, Provost CITN Tax Academy, Mr Richard Olushola and Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Former Director, Corporate Directorate, KW-IRS

Awodun quoting Nicholas Kaldor, pointed out the fundamentality of taxation to development. He emphasised that development of a nation is achieved through public finances constituting majorly of taxes. He equally stressed that taxation and development are united by governance as the government has a major role to play in the appropriate utilisation of public funds.

On Tuesday 5th November was the debate session titled ‘Is the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Federal Government justified?’ where some Tertiary institutions such as: Kwara State University (KWASU), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Al-hikmah University, Kwara State Polytechnic were participants. The panel of judges for the debate were: Barrister Lukman Mustapha and Barrister Abubakar Abdulsalam. The winner of the debate was said to represent the North Central Zone during the National Tax debate organized by Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria (CITN) at the National Level. At the end of the debate, Al-hikmah University, emanated as the 2nd runner up, Kwara State University (KWASU), the 1st runner up and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) emerged as the winner of the debate.

The day three scheduled programme started with the welcoming of the 14th CITN President, Dame Gladys Olajumoke Simplice and other executives of CITN in persons of Prof. M.T. Abdulrazaq FCTI, Adefisayo Awogbade, FCTI, Bar. Samuel Agbeluyi, FCTI, Mr. Adesina Adedayo, FCTI, Julius Aderemi Adimula, FCTI, AND Hon. Taiwo Abdullahi FCTI at the airport, by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, KW-IRS staff amongst whom is Mr. Temi Kolawole, Head, Corporate Affairs and members of CITN Ilorin and District Society led by their Chairman Ayodimeji Olalekan Fatai. Places for the courtesy visit included KW-IRS, Corporate Head Office, Bureau of Lands, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi and CITN Tax Academy located along Ajase-ipo Road.

At KW-IRS Corporate Head office, Mrs. Simplice applauded the Service for steadily rendering a smooth platform for cordiality between both bodies (CITN and KW-IRS) since inception and expressed her confidence in a better and promising future under the administration of the new Executive Chairman, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi. She further expressed her profound appreciation to the management of the Service for the sustained support with resources (human and material) towards the success of CITN programmes (MPTP, Annual Tax Conferences) held over the years. She urged KW-IRS staff to ensure they participate in all CITN Ilorin and District Society’s activities as it is a prerequisite for accessing some privileges from the Institute such as upgrading of members to fellowship and nomination to serve in committees of the Council. She also appealed to the Executive Chairman to help intercede on the request to the Kwara State Government with the provision of land facility for CITN preferably within town so as to impact on the attractiveness and marketability of the academy.

The President also informed the gathering that CITN’s forthcoming events include; the Institute’s 22nd Annual Tax Conference scheduled to hold from 14th to 17th April 2020 in Lagos State, themed ‘Taxation and Economic Competitiveness: Imperative for National Development’ and the Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony to be held on 23rd November 2019 urging KW-IRS members to ensure they attend the programmes respectively.

Mrs. Shade Omoniyi appreciated the CITN President and her entourage and promised to relay all CITN’s request to the Executive Governor of State in due course. She assured that KW-IRS will continue to partner with CITN in various forms in order to achieve good tax administrator across board.

As part of the scheduled progamme and also in soliciting for assistance for the development of Tax Academy in Kwara State, the president further visited Kwara State Bureau of Land in order to request for needed assistance in accordance to the law guiding land acquisition in Kwara State. She was received by the Deputy Director Bureau of Lands, Alhaji. AbdulRahman Wahab and other staff of the Bureau. Alhaji. Wahab assured the president of CITN that her request will be forwarded to the appropriate authority in due course.

Mrs. Simplice with her entourage proceeded to the Office of the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Kayode Alabi where she described her visit as homecoming and appreciated the State Government for providing structure for good tax administration. She stated her purpose of visitation to the Kwara State Government which is to appreciate what has been done for CITN with the provision of 3.08 hectares of land along Ilorin Ajase-Ipo Area, Amoyo, Kwara State and to further seek a re-allocation of another site for the CITN Tax Academy, preferably along the Ilorin Airport road and not less than the present size of the land they currently have.

In response, the Deputy Governor Mr. Kayode Alabi assured the CITN Boss that the State Government will critically look into the request and facilitate provision of the land using the appropriate medium within a reasonable time and respond back to CITN. Mr. Alabi thanked CITN Boss for the visit and wishes the Institute productive programmes that will improve taxation in Nigeria.

Another highlights of the third day event was the Mandatory Professional Training Programme (MPTP). The training featured three paper presentation sessions. The first facilitator, Pastor Benjamin Omonayajo while discussing the topic, “Ethical Issues in Tax Planning: Setting a Successful Tax Practice” accentuated the significance of upholding ethical standards in tax administration. He discussed at length various integral issues such as forms of tax planning, tax avoidance and tax evasion.

The second paper presented by Alhaji Ibrahim Salaudeen centred on the amendment of the approved list for collection of taxes and levies. He stated that the tax authority responsible for the collection of taxes and levies are the Federal, State and Local Government. The third presenter, Professor Godwin Oyedokun expounded on tapping into the untapped informal sector as a way of expanding revenue base in Nigeria. According to him, the tax – GDP ratio in Nigeria would not improve until the informal sector is subject to tax.

A highpoint of the training was the arrival and warm welcome of the CITN President, Mrs Olajumoke Simplice alongside other executives including Mr Adedayo Adeshina, Vice President; Mr Adefisayo Awogbade, Registrar; Prof. M.T. Abdulrasaq, the Provost of CITN Tax Academy as well as the KW-IRS team. The President, while noting the importance of an institute such as CITN, encouraged training attendees to participate actively in various highly instructive programmes available at CITN.

Mrs Shade Omoniyi, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, who together with her team received Mrs Simplice, remarked that the Service was excited to welcome CITN officials as it affords everyone the opportunity to discuss and address issues pertaining to the improvement of revenue generation in Kwara State. She also asserted that KW-IRS is actively involved in CITN noting that most staff of the Service were either executive members or student members of the institute. True to the Executive Chairman’s words, KW-IRS staff constituted a large percentage of training attendees.

The Annual Tax week in continuance was the tax walk on 7th November, 2019 within Ilorin. The purpose of the walk was to create more tax awareness, tax advocacy, sensitization and relationship building with taxpayers. Partakers of the walk includes Mr. Sunday Agbana, Head, Tax Assessment, KW-IRS, Mr. Rufai Kabir, Head, Accounts and Finance, KW-IRS, members of the CITN Ilorin and District Society, KW-IRS Staff and other tax professional.

The hikers who initially converged at the Ministry of Finance, GRA went by KW-IRS Corporate Head Office, where they were joined by some staff of the Service who are equally members of the Institute.

The awareness saw individuals on the street being educated about the importance of tax payment. This is to ensure that everyone in the State is well acquainted with the procedures and specifications of tax administration for the development of the State.

The walk extended from GRA through Post Office, Taiwo Isale, Unity Road, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Obbo Road, Challenge, and then back to the KW-IRS Corporate Head Office.

KW-IRS Property Tax Directorate Donates Teaching Aids to the Kwara State School for Special Needs

As part of giving back to the society through the community impact program, the Head, Property Tax Directorate, Mrs Shade Olanipekun with some other staff of KW-IRS) on the 7th of November, 2019 paid a visit to the School for Special Needs located in Apata Yakuba, Oyun, Kwara State. 

The visit was to make donation of teaching aids to the school to facilitate learning among students, encourage the young learners and to show compassion to the special ones. The presentation was done by Mrs Shade Olanipekun on behalf of the Service.

The Principal of the Kwara State School for Special Needs, Mrs. Aroyehun Fausat Oladunni, appreciated the kind gesture and thanked the Service for their continual support.

Informal Sector pays a Courtesy visit to Mandate Market

The Head, Informal Sector, Alhaja. Maimunat Amasa together with Mrs. Yetunde Elegboja, Area coordinator, Adewole Area Office and some other staff on behalf of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) paid a courtesy visit to Mandate Market, Ilorin on 7th November, 2019.

The purpose of the visit was to further enhance a healthy partnership and cooperation between the traders at the market and the Service. As part of the Community Impact Program (CIP), aimed at increasing voluntary tax compliance in Kwara State, the Informal Sector on behalf of the Service distributed customized umbrellas to taxpayers in the market.

While receiving the customized umbrellas alongside some management of the market, the Iyaloja, Alh. Funmilayo Kobi appreciated KW-IRS for their benevolence and solicited for more support from the Service.

NAPPS Applaudes KW-IRS for Support: Seeks Continuous Partnership

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Kwara State chapter, ably represented by 12 esteemed representatives paid a visit to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Head Office on the 31st of October, 2019 to express their gratitude towards the Service for its continual support. Also present at the event is the Director General, Bureau of Lands, Ibrahim Salman and his subordinate Alaya Kehinde

The president of the association, Dr. Rahaman Adetunji Lateef hinted that having the backing of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service in hosting the 2018 summit for educators in Nigeria was quite helpful as it has put a spotlight on the association. He delightfully noted that since the event, they have received several awards.

Dr. Lateef, while congratulating the new KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi prayed for God’s guidance and success in the course of her administration. He also assured her of the association’s commitment to ensuring its members’ compliance to tax laws. He however, solicited for streamlined and structured methods of taxation which would make it easier for private schools to pay their tax dues. This culminated in a brainstorming session when both parties deliberated on modalities and strategies of tax collection that would help maximize revenue generation in the Kwara State.

Mrs. Omoniyi, in her reaction to the NAPPS president’s speech, appreciated the association for taking into cognizance the importance of remitting taxes and acknowledging the benefits they have previously enjoined from the Service. She provided thorough clarifications on issues raised by the president and brought the association up to date on new trends in tax administration.

The Executive Chairman decried unlawful collections of levies by certain bodies and enlightened the guests on the updated automated citizenship application system. She emphasized that the purpose of the new method of allowing people to pay their PIT via the KW-IRS Citizenship Registration platform was to block all leakages and make the payment process convenient for applicants.

In her closing remarks, Mrs. Omoniyi pointed out that collaborative efforts were integral to the effectiveness of the government. She therefore charged the association to remain steadfast in their cooperation with Kwara State Internal Revenue Service.

Other representatives of NAPPS are; Mallam Abdulkadir Musa, Oyeniyi Sulyman, Mr. Bolaji O. Dauda, Hajia Yusuf Asmau, Mrs. Ajiboye Aminat, Mr. Samuel Yusuf, Taylor E.I (Mrs.), Mr. Richard Oladele A., Umar Istijab Olohundare, Yusuf Motunrayo,  and Pastor Alfred Olusegun.

Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Pays Courtesy Visit to KW-IRS

The executive members of Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Kwara State Chapter on 31st October, 2019 paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman (EC), Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Mrs Shade Omoniyi at the Corporate Head Office. The visit had in attendance IPMAN Chairman, Alh. Okanlawon Olanrewaju; Vice- President, Elder Layi Oyetunji; Treasurer, Alh. Abiru Adebowale; PRO, Alh. Ayelabowo M. M. and the Chairman of Inter- Agency committee, Mr Oguntade K.O (JP).

Mrs Shade Olanipekun who welcomed the guests also introduced their hosts including the Executive Chairman, Mrs Shade Omoniyi; Bureau of Lands Director General, Ibrahim Salman; and KW-IRS managers overseeing different Local Government Areas in collection process.

The Chairman, IPMAN while thanking the Executive Chairman for agreeing to see them, also stated that the union’s responsibility is to protect their members while helping to address their problems. He expressed his hope that the new government will look into most of their challenges. In addition, he reminded the Service about its initial agreement with them and intimated the Executive Chairman about the various issues being faced. A plea was also made by Elder Layi Oyetunji, the association’s Vice President, to the new Chairman to make employment opportunities available to their members and their wards.

The Director General, Bureau of Lands, Ibrahim Salman encouraged the IPMAN representatives on the importance of paying their taxes to ensure a system that works. He also emphasised that KW-IRS is the sole entity responsible for collecting revenue for the State Government while it is the onus of the Bureau of Lands to collect all levies on land for the State. He further admonished IPMAN members never to give cash to any tax official but rather to make payment into the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) account and receive a receipt of payment.

The KW-IRS EC appreciated all the guests and said she has seen an evidence of the initial agreement and all the issues raised had been duly noted. She assured them that things will be put in place. She added that with the Monitoring and Evaluation department working efficiently to investigate all issues, there will be a smooth running of operations.

KW-IRS will continue to collaborate with ICAN Ilorin and District Society – Omoniyi Affirms.

The Executive Chairman (EC), Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs. Shade Omoniyi has assured members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Ilorin and District Society that the Service will continue to encourage the smooth relationship between both bodies for an even development across board.

Mrs. Omoniyi, gave the assurance on Thursday, 24th October, 2019 at the KW-IRS’s Head Office in Ilorin during a courtesy visit paid by the State’s ICAN Executive Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Ibrahim. Also present was the Assistant Director Internal Audit (KW-IRS), Mrs. Omolara Ojulari and other members of ICAN.

In his address during the courtesy visit, the Chairman, ICAN, Ilorin and District Society, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Ibrahim congratulated the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS on her well-deserved appointment and urged her to continue to lead the Service to an enviable position. Alhaji Ibrahim said ICAN remains one of the leading Professional bodies in the country with a core mandate of regulating the accountancy profession and protecting public interest. He also expressed assurance of the State’s branch to continue to render needed support in order to foster a more productive relationship between both bodies. Alhaji Ibrahim also prayed that the administration of the Executive Chairman prosper. He stated that ICAN as a professional body will be of assistance by giving professional advice to the Service to solve technical problems when needed.

The Kwara State ICAN Chairman requested that KW-IRS continue through its engagement and placement of its members in the relevant departments for efficiency, sponsorship of KW-IRS staff for MPCE programmes and annual conferences and essentially the construction of a secretariat for the organization.

The KW-IRS EC responded that the Service will continue to partner with ICAN in the State by rendering necessary support for its activities such as conferences and subscription of staff of the Service to ICAN programmes on periodic basis just as it has been done for other professional bodies in the State since inception of the Revenue House. She said based on the fact that some Management Staff of the Service are also members of ICAN, the Service will liaise with the State Government and streamline means of assisting the organization with the construction of a dedicated Secretariat for its activities.

In her closing remark, Mrs. Omolara Ojulari, who also doubles as an Executive member of ICAN, Ilorin and District Society appreciated the Executive Chairman KW-IRS for honoring members of the professional body despite the short notice of their visit and pleaded that the Service continue to render assistance. She said ICAN will always be ready to work closely with the Service. 

Artisans’ Congress Pays Courtesy Visit to KW-IRS

Members of the Artisan’s Congress, Kwara State Chapter were hosted at the Head Office of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) today, 24th of October, 2019. The courtesy visit was to welcome the new Executive Chairman (EC) of the Service, Mrs Shade Omoniyi. In the opening address, the President of the congress, Alhaji Saad Alawaye expressed his gratitude towards past and present administration of KW-IRS for their continual support.

He appreciated the new EC for creating time to see them in spite of her tight schedule. He mentioned that there has always been a lot of collaboration between KW-IRS and the Artisan Congress in the past and then pledged their continuous co-operation. He also appreciated the Head, Informal Sector Directorate, Alhaja Maimunat Amasa for the wisdom she always demonstrates in interacting with them and for the cordial relationship between them and the Revenue Service. Alhaji Alawaye also noted that the benefits of their cordial relationship has made it easy for the congress to challenge and encourage its members to play their part by paying their tax.

The Executive Chairman, Mrs Shade Omoniyi responded by thanking the congress for the visitation thereby acknowledging the union’s previous contributions towards the advancement of tax administration and for the growth in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Mrs. Omoniyi stated that the training provided for members of the congress at the International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo was important given that it would increase their efficiency in initiative and productivity. She noted that when artisans produce a products of higher quality, Nigerians would be encouraged to patronise them rather than importing. This she said would, invariably, improve the nation’s economy. Thus, she promised the continuance of IVTEC training sponsorship for congress members. In view of this, she encouraged the congress to play their part by intensifying their efforts in tax collection from their members.

Furthermore, she mentioned that the Kwara State Executive Governor has tasked her to increase the revenue generation of the state so as to enable the smooth running of government and implementation of its developmental plans. Therefore, all hands must be on deck and everyone involved in the tax administration process must endeavour to be honest and faithful in the remittance of their collections to the right authorities.

While she condemned illegal collections from the masses, the Executive Chairman made clarifications with regards the application for Kwara State Citizenship Certificate. She emphasised that the online registration costs N2, 500 only. The additional charge of N1, 500 to be paid online is only applicable to applicants who have no evidence of payment of Personal Income Tax (PIT).This PIT fee was previously collected by Local Government Authorities.

Stating that the entire charge for Citizenship Certificate does not exceed a total of N4, 000, she rebutted the Revenue Service’s alliance with any government authority or official involved in the wrongful collection of charges aside from the ones stated.

Mrs Shade Omoniyi, on a final note admonished all members of the Artisans’ Congress to be properly registered as having a registration number in integral to assessing governmental benefits.

In closing, Alhaji Alawaye and other members of the Artisans’ Congress prayed for the success of the new administration while hoping that they would continue to give the Service their support.

Press Release on the Kwara Citizenship Certificate

The State of Origin (also known as Citizenship or Indigenization) Certificate is issued by the relevant local government claimed by applicants.

The process for issuing the certificate in Kwara State was automated online in 2016, following an agreement between the Kwara State Government and all the 16 local governments at the Joint Revenue Committee (JRC) to sanitize and automate the process of the issuance of the certificate. The citizenship certificate had in the past been subject to rampant forgery, discrepancy and cases of different types of certificates being issued even within the same local government. A new centralized security certificate was designed which is the same across all local governments and verifiable online, with the details of the applicant written/typed with a unique form number. This certificate is issued at an agreed rate of N2500, out of which N2000 goes to the local government and N500 (N462.5 after deduction of transaction fees) to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), which is the sole revenue collecting body of the state government.

The JRC later made it mandatory to provide evidence of payment of Personal Income Tax (PIT) by applicants or their parents or guardians as a requirement before issuance of the Citizenship Certificate. As KW-IRS does not have revenue officers in the local governments offices, it was agreed that the local governments will request for this evidence, and in the event that it the applicant does not have this evidence, will collect the minimum PIT on behalf of the state, which is N1500. They will then issue receipts provided by KW-IRS and remit the PIT back to the state.

Now, this aspect of PIT has also been automated and is now payable online, with no added fee or charge. The total payable online is N2500 for those who have paid their PIT and N2500 + N1500 = N4000 for those who have not paid their PIT. The evidence of payment of PIT will still be presented at the local government before issuance of the certificate if it’s not paid online.

We wish to state categorically that there has been no increment of the fees for the Kwara State Citizenship Certificate which is issued by local government authorities. Also note that the reason for automation is to eliminate extra charges, leakages and to ensure that PIT gets to KW-IRS as prescribed by the law.

KW-IRS Boss seeks traffic laws compliance from motorists, road users

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs. Shade Omoniyi has advised motorists in the State to ensure they comply and abide by all road safety measures, checks and traffic laws in order to enjoy a friendly and accident free State. She stated this in Ilorin on Tuesday during the commencement exercise of law enforcement on traffic law violators and offenders organized by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) in conjunction with the KW-IRS Legal & Enforcement Directorate led by the Director, Lateef Okandeji Esq.

Omoniyi, speaking at the Mobile Court in Ilorin, said KW-IRS is charged with the responsibility of revenue generation for the strategic development of Kwara State and is not restricted to that function alone but also concerned with the safety of lives of road users in the State. She appealed to motorists and the general populace to do the needful as required by the law by maintaining orderliness on roads across the State especially as the year is coming to an end. She also encouraged motorists to complete their vehicle registrations and obtain necessary documents from the lawful authorities in the State to avoid embarrassment on the road.

Also speaking at the enforcement exercise, the Sector Commander, FRSC Kwara State, Jonathan Owoade, explained that the Commission just completed a safety vehicle check in September where motorists found wanting in one way or the other were pardoned without any issuance of penalty tickets. He said FRSC in conjunction with KW-IRS and VIO have conducted the enforcement exercise in a peaceful manner across the State without any force of intimidation or manhandling of traffic and road safety law violators or offenders.

Owoade appealed to motorists to ensure they voluntarily visit designated offices to collect necessary documents needed for their vehicles or other means of transportation before using it on the roads and to also ensure that their vehicles are road friendly and worthy to avoid been caught or embarrassed by men of the FRSC or VIO in the State. He said the enforcement exercise will be continuous and hosted at different locations across the State. He also admonished that motorists should abide by all traffic laws in order to experience accident free “ember” months as the year comes to an end.

CITN Ilorin: Ayodimeji seeks cordial partnership with KW-IRS ….Hails Omoniyi’s warm reception

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, (CITN), Ilorin and District Society represented by its Chairman, Mr Olalekan Fatai Ayodimeji and other executives paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs Shade Omoniyi at the Corporate Head Office on Thursday, 10th October, 2019.

In an address delivered by the Chairman, CITN Ilorin and District Society, congratulated Mrs Shade Omoniyi on her appointment describing it as a well deserved development which will also be helpful to the advancement of tax administration in Kwara State.

In his address, Ayodimeji highlighted the responsibilities of the CITN as a body responsible for the regulation and control of the practise of the tax profession in its entire ramifications as well as the determination of the nature of standard of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become professional tax practitioners or administrators. He also mentioned that the body is empowered to regulate tax practice in Nigeria with only its members (CITN) given the right to practice Taxation.

He also said the Ilorin and District Society of CITN is one of the existing 36 District societies admitted in 2010 and has since been duly discharging its’ responsibilities to its members which are about 300 in number.

Ayodimeji explained that the purpose of the visit was to declare CITN’s maximum support for the administration of the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS and also to intimate her of issues concerning CITN that requires her immediate attention.

Part of the issues highlighted for the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS is the Mandatory Professional Training Programme (MPTP) which involves the Institute bringing together members and keeping them abreast on issues related to taxation annually.

The CITN Boss expressed readiness and commitment to partner with the Chairman of (KW-IRS) and ensure that her tenure achieves great success.

In her response, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs Shade Omoniyi, extended appreciation to the Executives and members of the CITN Ilorin and District Society for deeming it necessary to pay her a courtesy on assumption of office.

Omoniyi, commended the activities of the CITN and promised a more cordial partnership with KW-IRS. She assured that all issues raised by the Executives of CITN at the visit will be considered promptly and feedback will be sent to the Institute in due course.

In attendance at the meeting were; Mr Olalekan Fatai Ayodimeji (Chairman) Abdul-Hakeem Shuaib (General Secretary) Taofiq Alabi ( Assistant General Secretary) Alhaji S.D Ibrahim (Immediate past Chairman CITN, Ilorin and District Society and Salman Folorunsho Fatima  (Legal Adviser)   

JTB: Fowler, Omoniyi confident new TIN will ease tax administration for Nigerians

The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq has declared that prompt tax payment by citizens of any country is of immense importance and also pertinent to socio-economy development of the State.

Governor AbdulRahman who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, stated this at the North Central Regional Flagoff ceremony of the New Taxpayer Idenfication Number (TIN) organised by the Joint Tax Board (JTB)in collaboration with Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in Ilorin, held on the 3rd of October 2019 at the Government House Banquet hall.

The Governor emphasized that tax payment is a compulsory act that must be acceptedby every individual who desire change in the society.

In his words “Tax Payment is very essential to the growth and development of every economy and it must be embraced by every human who want to see the change they all desire”

AbdulRahman said, with the launching of the new Taxpayer Identification Number, Registration System and Consolidated National Taxpayers Database, there will be a more simplified tax process and coverage of taxpayers across the North Central Region and Nigeria in general.

He commended the effort of the Executive Chairman of the JTB and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Babatunde Fowler and his associates for putting up an intiative that will further increase awareness on tax payment and create a more unifying database for taxpayers across Nigeria.

In his own opening remarks, the FIRS Boss, Mr Babatunde Fowler said, the official launching of the New National TIN Registration System and Consolidated Taxpayers’ Database was carried out by His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, on the 1st of July, 2019 in Abuja and it marked the official Go-Live of the New TIN Registration System at the national level.

Fowler said, since the official Go-Live in Abuja, similar exercises have been scheduled to be replicated in all the six Geopolitical Zones in the country.

He explained that the first regional flag-off ceremony took place in the South-West geopolitical zone in Lagos State on the 18th of July, 2019 and Ilorin, the Kwara State capital was selected as host for the second in the series for the North-Central geopolitical zone.

He said, the choice of Kwara State to play host for the North-Central Regional flag-off event was deliberate and strategic based on recognition of the landmark role it has played in the quest towards ensuring sustainable internally generated revenue profile for the State as well as for the region.

In his words “Having achieved a 221% increase in its collection, from N7.1 billion in 2015 at the time of attaining its autonomous status, to N23 billion in 2018, Kwara State IRS has come to be a benchmark for revenue authorities, not just within the North Central region, but nationwide as well. It is also worthy of note that KW-IRS is also the only State Revenue Agency in the country to have been ISO certified, with the ISO 9001 for Quality Management System and ISO/IEC 22301 for Business Continuity Management System.

The FIRS Boss further mentioned that the new TIN Registration System introduced by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) will help enhance efficiency, convenience and output of the entire tax administration process especially on the part of taxpayers and tax administrators, while guaranteeing that each taxpayer’s details are readily available to them at their fingertips at all times and anywhere irrespective of their location.

According to Fowler, “The significant feature of the new system is that it possesses the capability to integrate with all relevant agencies by leveraging on already captured data. It has ability to deploy analytics to discover underlying correlating trends and patterns; a better visibility of the taxpayer is assured inherently leading to increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for all tiers of government and it also reduces the burden of taxpayer information management, while at the same time significantly reducing the cost of collection”

In his remarks, he added that the new system will maintain identification of individual taxpayers using the unique and universal Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), compared to what is obtainable in the previous system; it is now possible for all taxpayer to view , retreive or update his/her tax profile from anywhere on the go.

He said “The New TIN Registration System is geared towards reinforcing the laudable efforts of this administration towards building a robust tax-revenue administration system for the country and it aims to improve the ease of tax compliance while ensuring a sustainable and inclusive economy for all Nigerians”

Earlier, Chief (Sir) Oseni Elamah, also informed the congregation that the new TIN registration system improves on the efficiency and output of the tax administration process and meant to provide enhanced convenience to the taxpayers as well as the tax administrators.

In her own separate closing remarks, the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs Shade Omoniyi thanked the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, JTB and the entire organizing committee of the launch ceremony for putting up an highly influencial initiative that will further improve tax administration in Nigeria.

In her words “this initiative of the New JTB National TIN registration system is the heartbeat of proper taxpayer identification and payment collection. It has utilized modern technologies to bring together existing data from several sources in an ingenious way to make the enrollment and administration process seamless and effective. JTB has also set a new standard in data sharing across agencies in Nigeria.

She assured that the KW-IRS has already integrated the new TIN system into its operation and will further ensure that all taxpayers in the State comply to its use as a compulsory requirement.

She promised to improve revenue mobilization for the State using her wealth of experience.

Tax Club Quiz Competition: Six Schools Qualify for Quarterfinals from Kwara Central Senatorial District

The first Quarterfinals of the 4th annual Tax Club Quiz Competition of Kwara Central Senatorial district took place at Cherubim & Seraphim College, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin on the 7th of October, 2019.

The twenty participating schools were grouped into three leagues. At the end, six schools qualified for the semi-finals from Kwara Central Senatorial District.  Ashuara Model Academy and Almustapha Model College, Ilorin emerged winners of the first league with 31 and 22 points respectively. For the second League, Muslim Model Secondary School and Government Girls Day Secondary School, Oko-Erin emerged winners with 37 and 20 points respectively, while Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin and Sango Senior Secondary School, Kulende with 43 and 20 points respectively emerged winners of the third league. Community Secondary School, Lade and Oke Onigbin Secondary School will be hosting the Kwara North and Kwara South on the 8th and 9th of October, 2019 respectively.

Community Impact Project: KW-IRS Gives Relief Materials

As part of the Directorate to give back to the Society through the Community Impact Programme, the Informal Sector Directorate has taken one from the Service’ E by providing assistant to the children of a taxpayer in Kwara State.

The Informal Directorate, headed by Alhaji Maimunat Amasa, of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) donated educational materials to the children of the Late Mrs Olufumilola Sakirat Olatunji during a condolence visit to the bereaved family.

Mrs Funmilola, before her death, was a trader in the popular Yoruba Road Market located in the city of Ilorin. The late trader was a prompt taxpayer who also helped in mobilizing other traders in the same Yoruba Road Market to pay their tax promptly.

During the condolence visit and while presenting the educational materials and the school fees, the Head of Informal Sector, Alhaja Maimunat Amasa expressed her grief to the family of the deceased. “I know how it feels to lose someone but I pray Almighty Allah will give the family the fortitude to bear the loss”.

Mr Olatunji, the husband of the deceased, appreciated the service for the kind gesture. He explained that his wife was a law-abiding citizen who loved her country, especially her state of resident so dearly.

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