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PARASTATALS AND STAMP DUTY OPERATIONS IN KWARA EXPLAIN ON “MY TAX AND I”

The search light of the Tax Advocacy program of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), “My Tax and I” beams on the collections and operations of Parastatals, Institutions and Stamp duty on this episode, with Adewumi Adeleye, Hakeem Abiola, Ayodeji Koledade and Yusuf Aloba, taking turns to speak to these topics.

Did You Know?

“Other Revenue” operations of Kwara, see to effective mechanisms for collections and prompt remittance of Stamp Duties on related instruments from Individuals, Group of Individuals, Partnership, Business Ventures and Enterprise as due to the State government and appropriate capturing and reporting of revenues of Institutions of learning in the State.

Stamp Duty is a tax levied on documents known as Instruments paid to the Federal and State government as provided for by Stamp Duties Act.

Processes involved in Stamp Duty collection are:
i. Presentation of document to be stamped.
ii. Estimation and computation of stamp duty to be paid on the document.
iii. Payment is made based on assessed charges.
iv. Issuance of receipt to acknowledge payment.
v. Stamping and sealing of document.
vi. Signing of document by approved signatory.
vii. Appropriate filing of a copy of the document.

Stamp Duty is also a prerequisite for the processing of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).

All property owners are eligible to pay Stamp Duty on their documents as it shows ownership or title of property and validates genuineness of instruments of a person.

Examples of documents on which Stamp Duty is paid on include:
i. Contract Agreement
ii. Land Agreement
iii. Sublease Agreement
iv. Leasehold Agreement Or Rent Agreement
v. Deed of Gift
vi. Deed of Release
vii. Appointment of trustee or of attorney

Before a document could be stamped, it must be duly prepared by a lawyer who must attach his/her Nigerian Bar Association seal and stamp.

Stamp Duty is charged at either:
i. Ad valorem rate of 2% for the original copy and N100 per extra copy or
ii. Fixed rate of N1,000 per copy

Section 4 (1) and (2) of the Stamp Duties Act empowers the Federal and State Government to impose, charge and collect Stamp Duties.

Section 5 of the Stamp Duties Act provides that Stamp Duties paid may be evidenced on the document in various forms which include adhesive stamp, postage stamp, or embossed stamp by means of a dye.

KW-IRS uses stamp, seal, and authorized signature to show evidence of payment of Stamp Duty.

As a revenue generating organization, other revenue adds to the achievement of the over set budget, as all Stamp Duties collectibles due to the State are collected, paid and remitted as promptly as possible which in turn increase the State’s IGR.

Parastatals are units of government saddled with the responsibility of providing specific services to the citizens of the State. They are the business or enterprise arm of government.

Parastatals are subsets of the various ministries and they exist both at the Federal and State levels.

Examples of Parastatals in Kwara State include:
i. Kwara State Water Corporation
ii. Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency
iii. Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Kwara)
iv. Kwara State Printing and Publication
v. Kwara State Television Authority
vi. Kwara State Hospitals Management Bureau among several others

There are Fifty Four Hospitals under the control of Kwara State Hospitals Management Bureau.

There are 13 General Hospitals, 33 Cottage Hospitals, 4 Specialist Hospitals, 3 Special Hospitals and 1 Comprehensive Centre. (9) Nine in Kwara Central, (16) Sixteen in Kwara North and (29) Twenty Nine hospitals in Kwara South.

By the law establishing the KW-IRS, it is saddled with the responsibility of generating, collecting and reporting revenue from the various services being rendered by the Parastatals.

All revenues accruing to the State Government must be paid through the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service according to Kwara State Revenue Administration Law.

All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the ‘’Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS are:
Website:  www.kw-irs.com
Customer Care line: 07006959477
Email: helpdesk@kw-irs.com
Facebook: KwaraIRS
Twitter: @KwaraIRS
Instagram: @kwirs

You can visit us at our Corporate Head Office on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin OR any of our offices within Ilorin and across all Local Government Areas of the State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
20/09/2021



GROWING KWARA IGR: KW-IRS SEEKS INSTITUTIONS COMPLIANCE WITH TSA POLICY

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi hosted the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Barrister Ibrahim Suleiman, and representatives of all government-owned tertiary institutions in the State recently, to discuss policy directions to improve the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) for all State-Owned Institutions for an improved revenue generation.

In her opening remarks, Shade Omoniyi, while welcoming the team explained that the purpose of the meeting was to ensure transparency and accountability of the activities in all Tertiary Institutions in the State.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS said the initiative started in the previous administration, but with little compliance; this necessitated the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration to revalidate the use of TSA through an executive order. “The TSA platform will enable KW-IRS to understand peculiarities of each institution in the State and how to incorporate all schools into the platform to bring about unified and seamless process”, Omoniyi said.

In their separate remarks at the meeting, the Director, Accounts and Finance, Omolara Ojulari and Director, Admin & Operations, KW-IRS, Olatunji Balogun corroborated the Executive Chairman’s assertions that the new Treasury Single Account automated system will provide opportunities for effective collections and eliminate any form of manipulation. The two directors further emphasized that, use of Treasury Single Account in the State will not only improve revenue generation but will also enable the Service to know what an institution brings into the coffers of the government in terms of revenue which in turn form strong basis to juxtapose budgets and expenditures of each institution at the long run.

The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Barrister Ibrahim Suleiman in his response, reiterated that all tertiary institutions in the State needs to embrace the new modus operandi as it concerns TSA as a policy direction geared towards accountability. He further explained that official letters have since been sent out to institutions to intimate them on the need to allow KW-IRS to have full access to their respective revenue base, but unfortunately no institution gave a positive response. “I want to believe by this meeting, compliance will commence without delay, I also want to plead that representatives of schools bring forward their wealth of experience and concerns to ensure success is achieved on this”, said Suleiman.

Representatives from State’s institutions present at the meeting expressed readiness to comply with the government directives, adding that it is a welcome initiative and will improve the integrity of all parties concerned. They however registered fears as associated with the TSA, such as cyber insecurities, with the influx of private institutions among others, with an appeal to the State government to provide adequate security to foil any form of attack on the TSA platform.

The meeting also suggested that continuous media engagement, awareness, and sensitization through both social and traditional media be adopted by State-owned institutions to attract more students to the institution which in turn brings an enhanced revenue generation for the State.

The representatives during the meeting noted that, “as employees of the government, our loyalty remains with the government of the day, but we seek continuous support of the government in areas of subvention to keep our schools running more smoothly, with peculiarities of each institution put into consideration in all decisions making, to guide against negative impacts on activities of schools”.

The meeting, which was held on the 13th of September, 2021, had in attendance, the top management of KW-IRS, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Accountants and Bursars from the States’ Tertiary Institutions.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
15/09/2021

“MY TAX AND I” ON TIN, KRIN, AND REVENUE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF KW-IRS

The Team Leads of Business Analysis, Communication and Change Management Units of KW-IRS, Taofiq Alabi and Comfort Kolade, alongside, Acting Head, IT Operations, Dare Akogun and TIN officer Abubakar Abdullateef discussed Revenue Management System of KW-IRS, Tax Identification Number (TIN) and Kwara Residential Identification Number (KRIN).
 Did You Know?
    Revenue Management System of KW-IRS is aimed at re-engineering the current business processes to improve taxpayers’ compliance, block revenue leakages, implement multiple payment channels, optimize internal business processes, develop a robust taxpayers’ database for ease of identification and consequently increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

    The Revenue Management System (RMS) of KW-IRS:
–    Reduces process cycle and process variation.
–    Refines process documentation.
–    Improves taxpayer compliance leading to an increase in revenue collection.
–    Enhances capabilities for continuous process performance.
–    Efficient service delivery and expand taxpayer database.
–    Improves optimization of available resources.
–    Improves access to good leading practices and benchmarks.
–    Increases voluntary compliance, provide easy access to self-service portal, ease of payment. It will also reduce physical interface between the staff of the Service and taxpayers.
–    Eliminates cash collections

    The URL to the Self-Service Portal of KW-IRS is www.kw-irs.com, following these steps:
–    Signup
–    Update your profile
–    Request for KRIN (If you do not have TIN)
–    Do transactions

    You can file your Annual Tax Return on the portal and make payment.
    You do not need a TIN to register on KW-IRS portal, however need a TIN or KRIN before you can raise an assessment or make payment on the portal.

    Tax Account on the Self-Service portal is where all Tax Liabilities and payment are recorded; it shows all Tax Payments and any Tax Outstanding.

    The platform automatically sync taxpayers’ data from JTB and CAC.

    With the new platform, taxpayer gets notification of KRIN registration, assessment and payment in their mail and text messages.

    TIN refers to Tax Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and is a unique 10 (ten) digit numbers used to identify an individual, business, or other entity in tax returns.

    Any individual or entity who has any source of income can apply for TIN

    TIN can be obtained in two ways:
–    Option 1: Applicant could visit KW-IRS office at No. 27, Ahmadu Bello way Ilorin or any of our offices situated in all Local Government Areas of the State.

–    Option 2: For Corporate, applicants could use the portal tin.jtb.gov.ng, click on register for TIN.  TIN application gets approved if information supplied is accurate and then TIN number is released within minutes.

    To register for TIN registration, applicant needs CAC if it is a non-individual applicant. If it is an individual applicant, only a means of identification, Address, Phone number, Email address and BVN Validation evidence are required.

    The verification of BVN is required to bring the unique information of taxpayers unto the new platform.

    A lost TIN e-certificate could be retrieved by visiting and filling your details on the Portal tinverification.jtb.gov.ng either to download the certificate or request to send via email or visit the Tax Office.

    If anyone thinks he or she has a TIN, this could be confirmed from the verification portal tinverification.jtb.gov.ng, by supplying needed details. The portal brings out the TIN if the applicant has it or tells you if not.

    An Individual TIN is for personal use for Government to uniquely identify a potential tax payer while Corporate TIN is for companies/businesses such that the Government could identify such businesses uniquely.

    There are two Tax Authorities in the Federation: Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and State Internal Revenue Service (SIRS) responsible for the registration and issuance of TIN.

    KRIN is refer to as Kwara Resident Identification Number and can be used for Tax Clearance or Tax Payment in Kwara State.

    The new JTB TIN Registration System is integrated with data sources from agencies such as CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission), NIBSS (Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System), and NIMS (National Identity Management Commission) to identify and register taxpayers automatically if already captured by these agencies.

    JTB TIN helps serve all tax authorities as a robust database with consolidated data of all viable taxpayers in Nigeria.

    Benefits of JTB TIN Registration System include:
–    Adoption of central reliable registration system;
–    Reduces cost for tax authorities and also promotes efficiency;
–    Creates room for merging of two or more companies with a single TIN.
–    Has a single registration process and a taxpayer’s unique identity number that is linked with the taxpayer’s BVN; this prevents multiple taxation on taxpayers.
–    Has unique feature of QR code that validates the authenticity of the TIN.
–    Ability to use the Individual ID Card, to make bank withdrawals and acquire information about tax system.
–    Has a mobile application and web interface where print out of the certificate could be done and TIN certificate could be received via email.
–    Possesses ability to search TIN number, using BVN or phone number with DOB (Date of Birth).

    Having TIN serves these purposes:
–    Required to apply for government loan
–    A must-have when one wishes to open a business account
–    A must-have if one needs an import, export or trade License
–    Needed for Tax Clearance, Waiver, Allowance, Incentive etc.

    Automation has eased revenue administration, allowing efficient reporting system, and ease identification of who made payment, eradicates and blocks revenue leakages.

    Taxpayers can transact directly with the official revenue officers at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated across Kwara State and ensure all payments are receipted accordingly.

    All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

    All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

    The Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS is on number 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin.

    For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for Kwara State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectible items of Local Government as agreed with them for efficiency. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted to them accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement Rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

    KW-IRS has physical offices in all the 16 Local Government Areas across Kwara State.

    KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS include:
–    Website: www.kw-irs.com
–    Customer Care line:07006959477
–    Email:  helpdesk@kw-irs.com
–    Facebook:        KwaraIRS
–    Twitter:            @KwaraIRS
–    Instagram:       @kwirs

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
10/09/2021

KW-IRS COMPLETES ISO 22301:2019 TRANSITION COURSE

As part of its continuous efforts to enact growth, profitability, cost savings and maintain its (2) Two International Standards – ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO/IEC 22301:2012 Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has commenced the Recertification of its ISO 9001:2015 and Transition from ISO 22301:2012 to 22301: 2019.

KW-IRS got certified into the (2) two International Standards ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 22301:2012 in the year 2018; the certificates renewable every three years.

The 2days BCMS transition course for ISO 22301:2019, approved by the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), aimed at implementation of evidence of severe compliance with International Standards, and facilitated by Omobola Oropo of Tenol Alpha Limited, ended today, Friday, 10th September, 2021.

KW-IRS partook in the training on the transition to a new BCMS 22301:2019, to update the old 22301:2012 certified into in 2018 and would complete all processes involved in recertification into ISO 9001:2015 (Quality management System) and transition into ISO 22301:2019 (Business Continuity Management System) in December, 2021.

The recertification exercise will produce 60 (Sixty) staff as BCMS and QMS Lead Implementers and Lead Auditors to develop, implement and maintain processes required and appropriate for enhancement of IGR for the State.

The ISO 9001:2015 seeks to achieve an impeccable Customer Satisfaction, while ISO 22301:2019 seeks to achieve Business Continuity, even in the most challenging and turbulent periods.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
10th September, 2021

MINISTRIES PARTNER KW-IRS ON CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN IN MARKETS

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology and Ministry of Information and Communication have collaborated with the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to carry out campaign in different languages, (English, Pidgin, Yoruba, Fulfude, Nupe, Hausa, Batonum, and Bokobaru) across markets in the State.

The campaign, targeted at ensuring market users and traders maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness within and around the markets in particular and the State at large lasted 8days.

The first phase of the exercise, which cut across markets within Ilorin metropolis commenced on Tuesday 31st August and ended on 9th September 2021. The markets visited by the campaign team in their van and vehicle included Mandate, Oja Tuntun, Ipata, Oja-Oba, Sango-Akerebiata, Offa Garage, Gaa Akanbi markets.

Others are Tipper Garage and Oko Olowo markets.

The marketers in their responses appreciated the government for its sensitivity to keeping a healthy citizenry through the awareness campaign on cleanliness within the markets, with promise to continually ensure markets environment and the State are clean at all times.

Appeal was however made to concerned agencies of government and concerned individuals to do more in ensuring quicker removal and disposal of waste carriers placed at specific locations in the State and in placement of more waste bins and bags for the use of markets and enforcement of dirt free environment.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
10th September, 2021

KW-IRS TAX ADVOCACY EXPLAINS ROLES OF ITS AREA OFFICES IN REVENUE DRIVE OF KWARA STATE

To continually ensure an enlightened citizenry, “My Tax & I”, the tax advocacy series of KW-IRS on this episode speaks to roles and impact of Area Offices in revenue drive of Kwara State, by Head, Research Department, Mohammed Audu and Area Coordinator Edu Local Government, Mohammed Subairu.
Did You Know?
 Area Offices of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), were created to enhance revenue generation drive of the State government by making it easier for the populace, particularly at the grassroots to make enquiries in respect of tax matters, make payment with ease and as and when due.

 With creation of Area Offices, taxpayers no longer need to travel to the State capital, Ilorin, to pay taxes or resolve any revenue-related issues.

 KW-IRS has 13 Area Offices outside Ilorin metropolis, namely:

Asa
Kaiama
Baruten
Moro
Edu
Offa
Ekiti
Oke Ero
Ifelodun
Oyun
Irepodun
Patigi
Isin
 Through Area Offices, new taxpayers are brought into the tax net and there is ease of doing business with the State Tax Authority.

 Establishment of Area Offices has increased the rate of tax compliance to about 60% in Kwara State.

 Every activity being carried out at the Head Office and other Offices within the State capital are equally obtainable in all Area Offices.

 Taxpayers can register their TIN or KRIN at KW-IRS Area Offices and get required TIN or KRIN numbers forwarded to their respective registered e-mails/phone numbers.
 Area Offices of KW-IRS operate like the Head Office in same principles and ethics of work.

 Area Offices do not charge higher or lower rates of Taxes and other Revenues than what is obtainable at the Head office, as rates of taxes and other revenues are as stipulated and guided by relevant tax laws.

 KW-IRS has very robust and efficient communication channels with the aid of technology that makes information to be delivered to all staff both at Area Offices and Head offices, no matter where they are located, REAL TIME and ON TIME.

 Taxpayers can transact directly with the official revenue officers at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated across Kwara State and ensure all payments are receipted accordingly.

 All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

 All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

 The Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS is on number 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin.

 For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for Kwara State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectible items of Local Government as agreed with them for efficiency. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted to them accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement Rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

 KW-IRS has physical offices in all the 16 Local Government Areas across Kwara State.

 KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS include:
– Website: www.kw-irs.com
– Customer Care line:07006959477
– Email:  helpdesk@kw-irs.com
– Facebook:        KwaraIRS
– Twitter:            @KwaraIRS
– Instagram:       @kwirs

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
07/09/2021

KWACO Visit KW-IRS, reassures improved revenue generation

The newly elected Executives of the Kwara State Artisans Congress (KWACO), paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, today Friday 3rd September 2021.

In his opening remarks,the newly elected president of the congress, Alhaji Jimoh Adeshina, said the essence of the visit was to formally present the new executives to the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, pledge unwavering support of the association to the Service, identify ways of improving revenue generation, and also solicit assistance of the Service in the forthcoming inauguration ceremony of the congress, scheduled to hold later in the year.

Alhaji Adeshina while expressing appreciation to the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi for her support to the immediate past executives, also sought similar gestures to the newly elected executives,especially towards a successful tenure in office.

“I appreciate your visit and commend the efforts and collaboration of the executives of the congress since inception of the Service” said the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi.

Shade Omoniyi pledged support of the Service to the new executives.

The meeting witnessed presentation of admission letters for the 2021/2022 Academic session of the International Vocational Technical & Entrepreneurship College, (IVTEC),Ajase Ipo, Kwara State to Alhaji Adeshina for Fifty (50) Artisan members, as part of the Service Community Impact Program, to further train Artisans in the State in modern entrepreneurship and vocational skills.

In his response, the Chairman, Board of Trustee, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Adisco, on behalf of the Artisan Congress thanked the Service for securing admission for its members, assuring a more productive partnership with the Service.

Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
03/09/2021

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#PlayYourPart
#payyourtax

Kwara Marketers visit KW-IRS

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi received in audience the representatives of the Kwara State Association of Marketers (KWAM),led by the Vice Iyaloja General, Alhaja Muibat Abdulraheem Olumo, who represented the Iyaloja General at the Revenue House on 2nd September, 2021.

The visit was to appreciate the Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak led administration through the Service for the various Community Impact Projects in  markets across the State and the State in general and to also solicit more supports of the government in critical identified areas such as good drainage system, motor able roads, solar light, modern toilets,drinkable water and umbrellas for the use of markets to aid revenue drive and improve voluntary tax compliance in markets across the State.

The markets association assured KW-IRS of its continuous collaboration in ensuring the acceptance of the ticketing model approach of revenue drive in all markets of the State and cooperation as required.

In her response, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi commended the association for their cooperation and compliance to payment of Personal Income Tax, while soliciting more harmonious and mutually benefial relationship among all associations and the Service, so as to have in place that desired Kwara.

Omoniyi reiterated that KW-IRS runs on approved budget and monthly subvention, just as other MDAs in the State, but will not relent in supporting developmental projects in the State as much as the approved budget for community impact programs could accommodate.

She added that, several  requests are being received by the Service on daily basis from various quarters,but only limited resources are available as an agency of government.

The KW-IRS boss however informed the meeting that,the Service already has approval to carry out some of the requests from KWAM and would deliver on them within the remaining months of the year.

The visiting KWAM team had the Babaloja General and his Vice, Alhaji Abdullahi Saad and Alhaji Abdulkabir Abdulsalam respectively;Director, Income Tax, KW-IRS, Mohammed Usman, Head Informal, Maimunat Amasa, Unit Head, Market, Bolanle Awogun and other staff of KW-IRS.

Corporate Affairs, KW-IRS
03/09/2021

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#stateofharmony
#kwirs
#PlayYourPart
#payyourtax

PUBLIC NOTICE

This is to bring to the notice of the general public in Kwara State, the commencement of the implementation of the new rates for vehicle number plates and driving license, as resolved at the 147th meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), held in Kaduna on the 25th of March, 2021.

Please find below rates of Vehicle and Motorcycle Renewal as obtainable in Kwara State:

PRIVATE VEHICLE

Engine Capacity Rate
1.6-2.0 ₦7,525.00
2.1-3.0 ₦8,525.00
Above 3.0 ₦9,150.00

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

Engine Capacity Rate
1.6-2.0 ₦8,575.00
2.1-3.0 ₦9,450.00
Above 3.0 ₦10,075.00
Tipper ₦20,140.00
Truck ₦22,700.00
Private Motorcycle ₦2,575.00
Commercial Motorcycle ₦3,800.00
Commercial Tricycle ₦4,200.00
Dealership ₦12,700.00

“MY TAX AND I” DISCUSSES ROAD TAXES OPERATIONS AND COLLECTION IN KWARA STATE

The Ag. Head, Road Taxes and Unit Head, Central Motor Registry (CMR) of KW-IRS, Afolabi Oladepo and Abayomi Balogun respectively discussed Road Taxes operations in respect to Kwara State on KW-IRS tax advocacy programme “My Tax and I”.

Did You Know?
 Road Taxes are taxes levied on an individual or business for the use of a vehicle on roads located within the City, State or Municipality.

 Road Taxes are also called Vehicle Excise Duty.

 The Motor Licensing Authority (MLA), of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is responsible for collection Road Taxes.

 To register a new vehicle, the vehicle owner visits any of the MLA offices across Kwara State with the following documents:
i. Receipt of purchase or delivery note
ii. Custom papers where applicable with evidence of payment
iii. Means of identification of the owner of the new vehicle
iv. One passport photograph
v. Evidence of PIT/PAYE

 Vehicle registration in Kwara State is in three categories and the rates vary, depending on engine capacity:
i. Motorcycles/Tricycles  (In the range of N8,550.00 & N10,050.00)
ii. Cars and Buses  (In the range of N31,500.00 & N33,500.00)
iii. Trucks  (N49,350.00)

 KW-IRS issues only Kwara State Number Plates. A taxpayer cannot obtain another State’s number plate in Kwara State.

 A taxpayer can renew any other State’s number plate at KW-IRS.

 It is possible to use your existing number plate on another vehicle. This is referred to as DIRECT LEVY. Taxpayers are to come with existing vehicle particulars on the previous vehicle and the receipt of purchase/delivery note, custom papers of the new vehicle, document of identification, and passport photograph of the vehicle owners to the Motor Licensing Office.

 KWAVIS is an acronym for KWARA VEHICLE INSPECTION SERVICE. It is a project designed to ensure that all vehicles plying our roads are road worthy. It involves physical and mechanical inspection of the vehicles. The facility inspects vehicles before certificate of road worthiness is issued to the vehicle owners and it is located beside Olak petrol station, Ilorin.

 With the introduction of KWAVIS, you can collect roadworthiness certificate alongside other car documents at KW-IRS in partnership with VIO.

 Driver’s License is a legal document issued by Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) in partnership with Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) to a person to drive motor vehicle on a public road.

 To obtain Driver’s License the following are needed:
i. Completion of an online application form
ii. Driving School Certificate from FRSC accredited driving school
iii. VIO Hand Book
iv. Learner’s Permit

 FRSC offices where details to obtain Driver’s License are taken for capturing in Kwara State are:
i. MLA, University of Ilorin Mini Campus
ii. MLA, Area 1 at the Corporate Office, 27 Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin
iii. MLA, Omu Aran, Irepodun LGA.
iv. MLA, Offa, Offa LGA.
v. MLA, Share, Ifelodun LGA.
vi. MLA, Erin Ile, Oyun LGA.

 Driver’s License is classified into 2 categories based on the validity period:
i. N6, 350.00 for Three years
ii. N10, 450.00 for Five years.
THE COST OF OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS TO OBTAIN DRIVER”S LICENSE ARE:
i. VIO Testing Fee N1, 000.00
ii. Driver’s manual / Highway Code N500.00
iii. Learners permit & L Plate N2, 200.00

 Driving School Certificate is at the discretion of the driving school. It is usually issued after completion of training.

 The Rider’s License is classified into two categories based on the validity period.
i. N3, 350.00 for Three years
ii. N5, 450.00 for Five years
THE COST OF OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS TO OBTAIN RIDER’S LICENSE ARE:
i. Training school fees VIO N300.00
ii. VIO Testing Fee N500.00
iii. Driver’s manual / Highway code N500.00

 To ensure genuineness of the number plates, there is NO collaboration with third parties for issuance.

 Hackney permit is a document issued by Motor Licensing Authority which allows vehicles of certain category i.e. commercial to carry goods within or outside the State.

 Amount of Hackney permit is based on category:
i. Commercial Motor vehicle – N1, 300.00
ii. Tricycle -N1, 000.00
iii. Motorcycle -N600.00
iv. Pickup & Bus -N2, 240.00
v. Truck -N3, 800

 Radio License falls under Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) ACT, CAP. T2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. It is collected by the Motor Licensing Authority and remitted to the Local Government.

 The following are the requirements for the dealership registration in Kwara State:
i. Application letter with a referral letter from either the Chairman, Motor Dealers’ Association or any other relevant body or person.
ii. CAC Certificate of Registration
iii. Valid document of identification
iv. Evidence of tax payment
v. N100,200.00 for registration
vi. Passport photograph

 The activities of Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) offices include Registration and Renewal of new vehicles or motorcycles or tricycle, and Issuance of Drivers’ Licenses

 MLA offices in KW-IRS in the State are located at:
i. MLA University of Ilorin, Mini Campus
ii. MLA VIO Offices
iii. MLA KWARTMA Offices
iv. MLA Pake, Ilorin
v. MLA Fate,Ilorin
vi. MLA Phase 3, Irewolede, Ilorin
vii. MLA Adewole, Ilorin
viii. MLA Area 1 at the Corporate Headquarters of the Service, Ilorin
ix. MLA Offa,Offa LGA.
x. MLA Omu Aran, Irepodun LGA.
xi. MLA Share, Ifelodun LGA.
xii. MLA Bode Saadu, Moro LGA.
xiii. MLA Lafiagi, Edu LGA.
xiv. MLA Ilesha Baruba, Baruten LGA.
xv. MLA Erin Ile, Oyun LGA.

 Tax Identification Number (TIN) is required for new registration of Motor Vehicle and Renewal and all tax transactions.
 Taxpayers are enjoined to transact directly with the official revenue officers at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated across the State and ensure all payments are receipted for accordingly.

 All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State- REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

 All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

 For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the harmonized bill/collections was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and few collectible items of Local Government as agreed with the LGAs for efficiency. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
28/08/2021

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KWARA RECEIVES NELMCO TEAM

The Director, Finance and Accounts, Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company(NELMCO), Alhaji Salihu Mohammed, led an 8-man team on a 5-day working visit to Kwara.

NELMCO visit to the State was to verify locations where all assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) as documented for the State were situated,towards reconciling liabilities and settling accruable revenue due to the State from the Federal Government.

On the visiting team were the General Manager NELMCO, Agatha Edokpayi, Senior Manager Umoru Etila,other Management and staff of NELMCO.

The team was received by the Executive Chairman,Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Shade Omoniyi and Ag.Executive Chairman, Kwara State Geographic Information Service, Tade Shittu, with management and staff of both agencies.
The Director General, Bureau of Lands, Surveyor General of the State, Ministries of Energy, Works and other relevant stakeholders in the State also formed part of the exercise.

The verification exercise conducted across the State,commenced on Monday 23rd through Friday 27th August 2021.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
28/08/2021

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“MY TAX AND I” EXPLAINS CONCEPT OF TAXATION, TAX LAWS, POLICIES

The Tax Advocacy series of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), for the week under speaks to “Concept of Taxation, Tax Laws and Policies” by Head, Monitoring & Evaluation Department, Bolakale Imam, Head, Accounts Department, Babatunde Salawu, and Team Lead, Business Analysis Unit, Taofiq Alabi.

Did You Know?

 Tax is a compulsory levy imposed on individuals of a society by the government to fund government expenditures and spending in an economy.

 There are various forms of taxes and these include Value Added Tax, Capital Gain Tax, Pay-As- You- Earn (PAYE), Personal Income Tax (PIT), Property Tax and Withholding Tax etc.

 Taxes can be direct or indirect.

 Direct taxes are levied on income or profit, e.g. Personal Income Tax, Company Income Tax, etc., while Indirect taxes are levied on goods and services. Indirect taxes are those taxes that can be shifted from one individual to another (E.g. VAT, Sales tax, excise duty, etc.).

 Canons of taxation are principles upon which a good tax system is built and they include:
– Principle of Equity:  Tax to be paid must be based on one’s ability e.g. PAYE of salary of senior officers is higher than junior ones; that is high income earner pays higher amount than low income earners.

– Principle of Certainty: The exact amount, date and medium for payment must be known and cleared to the taxpayers.

– Principle of Convenience: Payment of tax should match the convenience of taxpayer e.g. PAYE is deducted when salary is paid, VAT is deducted when purchase is made, farmers are taxed during bumper harvest, etc.

– Principle of Economy: Tax administration should align with the tenet of CBA (Cost Benefit Analysis) i.e. the cost of collection of tax must be very low to the amount to be realized.

– Principle of Simplicity: Tax system must be well understood with ease by the taxpayers in order for him/her to compute his/her liability in order to create a friendly-tax environment.

 Payment of taxes is civic responsibility.

 Taxes helps the economy and in the developmental projects of the government.

 Tax Evasion is a deliberate attempt to illicitly refuse to pay tax or concealment of true and fair value of one’s income/profit.

 Tax Evasion is a crime.

 Tax Avoidance is taking advantage of loopholes in the tax laws to reduce tax liabilities, while Tax Evasion is an illegal act of illicit refusal to pay tax or concealment of true and fair value of one’s income/profit.

 Benefits in Kind (BIK) are part of remuneration given to employee by the employer in kind rather than in monetary form e.g. living accommodation for domestic servant, company cars and other assets.

 BIK is liable to tax; through:

– Living accommodation: where an employer provides an accommodation for an employee, such employee or his/her spouse is treated as being in receipt of additional emolument equivalent to annual value of such building less any rent paid by such employee. However, where such building is occupied for less than a year or part of it is occupied, the annual value would be apportioned appropriately.

– Cars and other assets: where an employer provides an asset owned by them (e.g. car) to employee, the employer is deemed to have incurred an annual expense equal to 5% of the cost of the asset, if the cost cannot be ascertained, 5% of the market value would be considered as at the date of acquisition.

– In case of rented asset or hired one, the employer is deemed to have incurred an expense on employee equal to the annual amount of rent and it is taxable in the hand of the employee. E.g. Generator.

– Other Taxable Benefits: Aside from accommodation and other assets (such as car, generator, etc.) the employer is deemed to have incurred annual expenses equal to annual expended in providing such facility e.g. electricity bill, water bill, domestic servant, driver, any other benefit provided for spouse of employee.

 Items exempted from Benefits in Kind (BIK) include Meal Provision; Uniform, Overall or Protective Clothing; Redeployment of employee’s allowance i.e.  Relocation (Disturbance allowance).

 Withholding Tax (WHT) is the tax deducted at source whereby the authorized person making payment serves as an agent of collection and in turn remit the amount deducted to the Relevant Tax Authority (RTA).

 All directed employers, MDAs and Organized Private Sectors (OPS) are mandated to deduct WHT from: Interest, Royalty, Rent, Dividend and payment in receipts of buildings, construction and related activities. It includes all types of contracts and agency arrangement. It also covers Commission, Consultancy, Management and Technical Service and Directors’ Fees. However sales in the ordinary course of business is exempted.

 WHT is not a separate tax but an advance payment of Income Tax, which is set off from the taxpayer’s liability upon presentation of credit note.

 Double Taxation is a tax principle referring to income tax paid twice on the same source of income, while Multiple Taxation occurs when tax is paid on different sources of income by the same taxpayer. For example Personal Income Tax, Property Tax and WHT from contract are different sources that could be paid by same taxpayer.

 Capital allowance is the allowance granted in lieu of depreciation to a taxpayer who is a bonafide owner of an asset on which he has incurred qualifying capital expenditure for the purposes of his business. Such asset must be in use at the end of the basis period for a year of assessment before the allowance is granted.

 Types of capital allowance include:
– Initial Allowance: It is granted once in the life span of an asset having satisfied the prescribed condition of being a bonafide owner and used for purpose of business.

– Annual Allowance:  As the name implies it is granted on yearly basis upon satisfaction of prescribed condition. The computation is done using the straight line method.

– Balancing Allowance: when the tax written down value exceeds the sale proceed, balancing allowance is said to have arisen.

– Balancing charge: When the sale proceed is higher than tax written down value, balancing change is said to have occurred. It is treated as a trading income.

 Currently, there is drastic shift from oil revenue to non-oil revenues. This is as a result of the drop in global oil price in the international market; and as such, the Nigerian Tax System has facilitated economic growth and development.

 The Nigerian Tax System has not fully addressed the inequality of income distribution in the sense that the high income earners are not paying appropriate tax due on their income as compared to low income and salary earners.

 By Kwara State Revenue Administration Law of 2015 as amended, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service is the sole agency of the government vested with the responsibility to collect all taxes, fees, rates and levies on behalf of the Kwara State Government.

 In enlightening, educating and ensuring taxpayers understand their rights and responsibilities, KW-IRS has been fulfilling this responsibility through its weekly radio tax advocacy programme (My Tax and I), jingles, dissemination of tax information through the website and social media platforms of the Service, through continuous engagement of relevant stakeholders, groups, association and involvement of traditional and religious leaders, as well as daily interaction of the staff with taxpayers.

 Taxpayers can transact directly with the official revenue officers at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated across Kwara State and ensure all payments are receipted accordingly.

 All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

 For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectible items of Local Government as agreed with them for efficiency. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted to them accordingly by the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

 All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

 The Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS is on number 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin.

 KW-IRS has physical offices in all the 16 Local Government Areas across Kwara State.

 KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS include:
– Website: www.kw-irs.com
– Customer Care line:07006959477
– Email:  helpdesk@kw-irs.com
– Facebook:        KwaraIRS
– Twitter:            @KwaraIRS
– Instagram:       @kwirs

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
22/08/2021

KW-IRS COMMISERATES WITH OGA BELLO OVER LOSS OF MOTHER

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi in company of Head of Informal Sector Department, Maimunat Amasa and Ag. Head, Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS, Titilayomi Ogunwale visited the veteran Kwara born, thespian Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) at his residence in Ilorin, Kwara State today Friday 20th August, 2021.

The visit was to condole with Alhaji Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) and family who recently lost their beloved aged mother.

Shade Omoniyi prayed Allah to grant the soul of Late Hajia Aishat Salami Abdulkareem Aljannah Firdaous and comfort all family left behind, while appreciating the support and  collaboration of the veteran actor in the drive of revenue for the State.

Welcoming the KW-IRS Boss, Adebayo Salami expressed his appreciation to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi and her team for the condolences, love and  prayers for the family, especially at this trying moment of loss.

He lauded the efforts of the KW-IRS Boss towards an improved revenue administration for the development of Kwara State since her assumption of office.

Oga Bello also expressed his appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his condolences and visit and commended the various developmental initiatives of the Governor towards the advancement of Kwara State despite limited resources.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
20/08/2021

KWACO NEW EXECUTIVES VISIT KW-IRS

The newly elected executives of Kwara State Artisan Congress (KWACO), made a courtesy call on the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), today,18th August 2021.

The visit was geared towards enhancing the harmonious relationship between the association and the Service for an improved IGR for the State.

The Director, Income Tax, Mohammed Usman, on behalf of the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, received and congratulated the new executives of the association.

He wished the  executives a successful tenure and called for more collaboration of members of the association in developing the State through their compliance to tax payment.

Head, Informal Sector, KW-IRS, Maimunat Amasa, during the visit, stated that the visit was for the new heads of Artisans in the State to familiarize selves with the management of KW-IRS.

In his speech, the newly elected president of KWACO, Alhaji Adeshina Jimoh appreciated the unwavering support of the Service to the body since inception and pledged continuous support to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led administration by ensuring members pay their taxes as and when due.

The visit had in attendance, the Director, Income Tax, Mohammed Usman, Head, Informal Department,Maimunat Amasa, Head of Unit, Artisan, Aduke Robinson, Staff of Informal Sector Department, and all newly elected executive members of Artisan congress of the State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
18/08/2021

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KWARA HOSTS JTB MONITORING TEAM

As part of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) periodic peer review and monitoring exercise to States of the Federation to provide first level technical assistance towards ensuring improved Internally Generated Revenue, the Kwara State received in audience the Secretary, Joint Tax Board, Nana-Aisha Obomoghie and her team on the 16th and 17th day of August, 2021.

The two day exercise aimed at ensuring that the JTB initiatives, decisions and communiques are being implemented in accordance with the relevant Tax laws, commenced with meeting and discussion on the topic “Maximizing the IGR Potentials in Kwara State” at the Corporate Head Office of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on the 16th of August, 2021.

Delivering her opening remarks on the first day of the visit, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi welcomed and wished the JTB visiting team, fruitful deliberations that will bring about an improved working relationship between both bodies and Kwara State at large.

Shade Omoniyi highlighted the significance of a cordial relationship with the Joint Tax Board (JTB), especially towards revenue administration in the State, she further expressed profound appreciation to the Board for selecting Kwara State as host for the year 2021 exercise.

The meeting discussed various activities of the Service in respect of level of compliance to Personal Income Tax (PIT), Self-Assessment, PAYE administration, strategic approaches to engagement of High Net Worth Individuals, Compliance with procedures for issuance of Tax Clearance Certificates, Automation, Nature of administration of other taxes, such as Stamp Duty, Capital Gains Tax, level of compliance with JTB decisions, among others salient matters.

The team also paid a courtesy visit to the State’s Ministry of Finance.
Receiving the team, the Accountant General of the State, Abdulwaheed Kayode, expressed his delight to have the team around, adding that the visit is one that will not only heighten the relationship between KW-IRS and the ministry, but one that will bring an upturn in the State’s revenue generation.

Obomoghie Nana-Aisha appreciated the ministry and expounded on the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service in improving the State’s Internally Generated Revenue, imploring the Ministry and other MDAs of the State on the need to strengthen the relationship among all, in ensuring a friendly tax environment in Kwara State.

The JTB Board Secretary, further elaborated on the outcome of their findings based on the review of the meeting held with KW-IRS. “KW-IRS is doing well and it is among the first five IRS that have automated its collection processes to a large extent” she stated.
Obomoghie further encouraged switch to a complete automation of other areas that are yet to be automated for an improved IGR for the State.

Tour around offices of KW-IRS within Ilorin and exchange of gifts formed part of the activities of the visit.

The JTB team include the Secretary, JTB Board, Obomoghie Nana-Aisha, Head, Legal JTB, Nneka Esomeju, Head, Finance & Admin JTB, Amos Oduleye, Planning, Research & Statistics officer, Rafat Gambo Abdulazeez, Tax Admin & Compliance Officer, Umenwosu Collins and Egbune Mathew of JTB.

In attendance from KW-IRS were the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, Director Accounts & Finance Omolara Ojulari, Director Admin & Operations, Olatunji Balogun, Director Legal & Complaince, Shehu Abdullahi, Director, Income Tax, Mohammed Shehu, Management and staff of the Service.

The JTB Team was hosted to a dinner by the State to round off the two days review and monitoring exercise.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
17/08/2021

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“MY TAX AND I”: KW-IRS ENLIGHTENS ON COLLECTIONS IN MDAs OF KWARA STATE

The torch beam of the Tax Advocacy programme of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) was on the roles and functions of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on “My Tax and I” anchored by Head, Ministries Department and Unit Head, Outsourcing, Sefiyat Rasheed.

Did You Know?

 All Ministries, Departments and Agencies are integral parts in the collection of revenue and are considered as MDAs.

 Revenues collected at the MDAs as stipulated by law include Levies and Fees, Rent on Government Buildings, Rent on Land and others, Repayments, Earnings, Fine, Mining Rent, Sales, Licenses and Earnings from Parastatals etc.

 The collection of revenue from the MDAs involves six steps:

i.     Assessment is being raised/Demand Notice is issued
ii.     Reminders are served. Follow up is made to the point of pay
iii. Payment is made
iv. Teller/proof of payment is presented to the revenue staff
v.      Teller/proof of payment is confirmed
vi. Receipt is issued

 KW-IRS has improved and made collection easier in the MDAs through its introduction of the e-payment platform where payment could be made from the comfort of taxpayers’ homes or offices. Automated collection processes for different Ministries are in place in Kwara State.

 Automation of collection has greatly increased the revenue growth of the State and helped to block some revenue leakages prevalent before the automation processes.

 Members of staff in Ministries across Kwara are integral part of the collection process. In most cases, revenue collection is attributable to the performance of their own core job functions. KW-IRS assists in developing strategies for generation of revenue and has the sole mandate to collect revenue across the various MDAs.

 Synergy between the MDAs and KW-IRS has contributed greatly to improved IGR generation for the State. There is collaboration in ensuring correct assessments and payment and to some extent, this has helped blockage of revenue leakages, just as the acceptance of automation has assisted greatly. With complete automation of all processes of collection and elimination of all manual processes, leakages will be almost non-existent.

 Although KW-IRS collects all revenue on behalf of the State, the Service has the duty of giving comprehensive weekly, monthly and annual collection reports to all the concerned MDAs of the State.

 KW-IRS has TWO (2) types of revenue collection processes:
i. Direct collection: KW-IRS staff collects revenue directly through deployment of revenue officers to man various revenue/service points and they do the collections.
ii. Outsourcing: KW-IRS engages consultants to drive some revenue collections in the MDAs ONLY.

 Taxpayers are enjoined to transact directly with the official revenue officers at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated across the State and ensure all payments are receipted accordingly.

 All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

 The harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectibles of the Local Government as agreed with the LGAs. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

 All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

 The Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS is on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin.

 KW-IRS has physical offices in all the 16 Local Government Areas across Kwara State.

 KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS include
Website:                 www.kw-irs.com
Customer Care line: 07006959477
Email:                helpdesk@kw-irs.com
Facebook:        KwaraIRS
Twitter:            @KwaraIRS
Instagram:    @kwirs

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
16/08/2021

TAX ADVOCACY: KW-IRS SPEAKS ON INFORMAL SECTOR COLLECTIONS

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), in its Tax enlightenment Programme for the week under review, discussed the INFORMAL SECTOR COLLECTIONS.

The sessions held on three different radio stations in the State, featured the Head of Informal Sector, KW-IRS, Maimunat Amasa, Unit Head, Micro, Business, KW-IRS, Olajide Aina and Unit Head, Market, KW-IRS, Bolanle Awogun.

 Did You Know?

• Informal Sector collections in Kwara State, covers taxpayers whose income fall between the threshold of N 1,500.00 and N49, 999.00.
• Classification of taxpayers in the Informal sector could be done by size, volume or type of trade.
• It is beneficial for taxpayers to pay his/her Personal Income Tax (PIT) within stipulated due date of payment. PIT payment after enforcement attracts penalty, such taxpayers pay higher amount than those that pay within stipulated due date of payment.
• Legal actions could be taken against defaulters.
• Taxpayers under association arrangements under informal sector in the State are usually given consideration on payment of PIT, while taxpayers who are not registered under any association arrangements are assessed accordingly.
• The only tax collectible by the Informal Sector of KW-IRS is the Personal Income Tax (PIT).
• The collection process of revenue in the Informal Sector include serving of Notice of Assessment via Route Ledger approach, request for preceding 2 years receipts before issuance of consolidated revenue receipt for current year payment, and collection of PIT through Artisan, Market and other major association executives.
• Taxpayers under the Informal Sector can pay online, make bank transfer/lodgment or pay via POS.
• The law provides that revenue and levies such as Trade Permits, Liquor License and Building Permits are collectible by the Local Government.
• Shops in different locations are expected to carry their different receipts or evidences of cumulative payment of all shops.
• Most taxpayers hide under the Informal Sector to pay because it is lower, but with the synergy between collecting departments in KW-IRS, records of taxpayers are evaluated and taxpayers sorted into High Networth Individuals (HNIs) and informal sector categories.
• PAYE paid under an employment is separate from private business. Individual with an additional source of income, is treated as such. This implies that, additional tax due is given.
• PAYE is based on current year for those in structured employment, while payment made by an individual on income from a private business is based on preceding year.
• All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

• KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS

Website:  www.kw-irs.com
Customer Care line: 07006959477
Email: helpdesk@kw-irs.com
Facebook: KwaraIRS
Twitter:         @KwaraIRS
Instagram: @kwirs

Visit us at our Corporate Head Office on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin OR any of our offices within Ilorin and across all Local Government Areas of the State.

• For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectible items of Local Government as agreed with the LGAs for efficiency. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

• Taxpayers in Kwara State could transact directly with the official revenue offices of KW-IRS at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated in the 16 Local Government Areas across the State and ensure all payments are receipted for accordingly.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
04/08/2021

TAX ADVOCACY ON RADIO: KW-IRS EXPLAINS PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION

The Radio Advocacy Program of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS),”MY TAX & I”, explains Property Tax collection.
Sensitizing taxpayers on Property Tax Collection on the third edition of My Tax & I for Q3 were Head, Property Tax & a Manager at the Property Tax Department of KW-IRS, Olanike Wole-Oke and Yomi Ajiboso respectively.

 Did You Know?

 Property enumeration is the collation of property data, land survey and delineation of boundaries in different LGAs of Kwara State with the aim of computing assessment and generation of bills.

 Property enumeration is a strategic tool of economic planning. It encourages e-governance, enhances assessment for accurate bill generation, promotes business continuity process and improves IGR. It also helps give easy accessibility to properties.

 Property enumeration is done from time to time and the process is continuous.

 Every property should be enumerated for record purpose. Although, not all properties are chargeable.

 Property Tax is the levy charged on Property owners annually by the Government. This levy is required to be paid to the governing authority of the jurisdiction in which the property is located. This can be a national government, a federated state or local government authority. It can also be defined as the annual amount paid by a land owner to the government or the municipal corporation of an area.

 In Kwara, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is saddled with the responsibility of collection of property tax on behalf of the Government.

 By law, pure religion institutions such as Churches and Mosques do not pay Land charges, but religious places that engage in commercial activities like schools, event centres and so on, MUST pay all taxes including Property tax on the area of land occupied by such activities.

 Section 7 (i) of the Land Use Act, stated certain places exempted from payment of the Land Use Charge, these are:
i. Property used exclusively for worship and having Certificate of Occupancy and Town Planning approval.
ii. Public Cemeteries and Burial Grounds.
iii. Palaces of recognized Emirs, Obas and Chiefs of the State.
iv. Property used as Public Library.
v. Recognized and registered non-profit making institutions and places used solely for community Games, sports or re-creation for the benefit of the general public.
vi. Any property specifically exempted in a gazette by the Governor.
vii. Properties used for a charitable or benevolent purpose for the benefit of the general public.
viii. Other exemptions are granted ONLY by Kwara State Governor.

 Property tax can be enforced.

 According to Kwara State Land Charge Law, “where a Property owner fails to pay within a stipulated time line, graduated penalties will be paid on the Property”

 Land Charge is the annual rent payable for occupation of land for particular use.

 Both the land owners and occupiers are liable to payment of Land Charge. The owner of the Property is expected to pay, but in a situation where the owner is not available, the occupier of the property should pay on his/her behalf as the law empowers the collecting authority (KW-IRS) to by a notice in writing to appoint any person who has the management of a property or an occupier to be the agent of the owner, and may be required to pay Land Charge by the means of the owner held by him.

 Land charge is chargeable for use and occupation of land both titled and untitled and it is payable to the State Government.

 Land charge and Tenement rate is paid annually. It is paid as soon as assessment (bill) is served on the Property owner in the year of assessment

 Tenement Rate is an annual charge on any improvement on the land (i.e. lands with buildings on it which is held or occupied as a distinct or separate holding or tenancy or pier but does not include land without building).

 Tenement rate is collectible by Local Government Area(s) while Land Charge is collectible by the State Government; but KW-IRS presently collects on behalf of both State and Local governments for ease of revenue administration and remits whatever is collected on behalf of the Local Government accordingly.

 A person who refuses or neglects to comply with the provision of the law on Land charge when required can be punished according to the law.

Section 17B states that any person that prevents or hinders or obstructs authorized officers in the course of their lawful duties by removing from or damages or destroys a property identification plaque on the building commit an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N20, 000.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both.

Section 18 also states that any person who incites another person to refusing to pay any rate under this law on or before the day on which it is payable or incites or assists any person to misrepresent in anyway commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N20, 000.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 months or both.

Objection can be raised on land charge bill, 30 days of receipt of the land charge bill. The objection must be put into writing addressed to the Director General, Bureau of Lands and they must state clearly the grounds of objection supported by necessary documents. The KW-IRS could be copy for required follow up.

 Properties are classified based on their use as stated: “Commercial; Residential; Schools; Industrial; Agriculture; Petroleum; Hotel, Hospital; Religion.”

 C of O is Certificate of Occupancy and it is issued by the State Government to certify an existing interest in land and landed properties. It is the highest title that can be possessed over landed properties.

 Holders of interest over a land and those that have ownership claim over a land are expected to collect C of O. This might be Statutory Right, Customary Right or Deemed Right.

i. Statutory Right: – This is right given by the State government over a land for a particular use and for definite number of years. For example: Residential-99years, other use-60years.

ii. Customary Right: – This right is given by the Local government over a land for particular use and for definite number of years.

iii. Deemed right: – This is existing right that one possesses over a land prior to the promulgation of Land Use ACT. For example. Customary land holders, family land sold by members of the family. The right can be certified by C of O.

 All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

 KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS

• Website:  www.kw-irs.com
• Customer Care line: 07006959477
• Email: helpdesk@kw-irs.com
• Facebook: KwaraIRS
• Twitter: @KwaraIRS
• Instagram: @kwirs
• Visit us at our Corporate Head Office on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin OR any of our offices within Ilorin and across all Local Government Areas of the State
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 For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectible items of Local Government as agreed with the LGAs for efficiency. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

 Taxpayers in Kwara State could transact directly with the official revenue offices of KW-IRS at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated in the 16 Local Government Areas across the State and ensure all payments are receipted for accordingly.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
01/08/2021

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A WAY FORWARD TO PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF KWARA: KW-IRS MEETS MINISTRY OF ENTERPRISE

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, on Wednesday 28th July, 2021, led the team of management and staff of the Service on a working visit to the Ministry of Enterprise as part of initiatives to strengthening collaboration between the two government agencies.

Speaking on the objective of the visit, Shade Omoniyi noted that the visit was mainly to discuss ways to improving IGR of the State, through joint efforts of the two agencies, just as with all other MDAs, in the areas of tax advocacy, curbing of revenue leakages, exploring new revenue potentials and enforcing tax compliance.

Welcoming the visiting team from KW-IRS, the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Enterprise, Hajia Arinola Lawal expressed her delight at receiving the team and agreed to the need for productive synergy between KW-IRS and the Ministry of Enterprise.

The synergy meeting, deliberated on several issues bothering on improving commerce and well-being, salvaging various environmental and developmental issues in markets across the State, particularly at the Mandate Market, Ilorin.

It resolved on immediate need to sensitize marketers and people of the State on the importance of proper waste disposal and maintenance of facilities provided for public use in the State.

Both KW-IRS and Ministry of Enterprise also resolved to work with the Ministry of Environment and other relevant MDAs on matters of environment and health and seek the intervention of the State government on enforcing some decisions that would improve the living of every residents of Kwara.

The KW-IRS boss did not fail to re-state the core function of the Service, which remains ensuring revenues are generated for the developmental agenda of the State, adding that the Community Impact Programs being carried out by the Service are as budgeted for and as a tool of giving back to the society, reinforcing that all taxes collected by the Service are remitted into the coffers of the government; hence, KW-IRS do not have access to spending the funds collected.

Promising continuous collaboration and supports of the Service to MDAs, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS enjoined all stakeholders to see working together as the only way to achieving greater successes for the State.

Key officers of the Ministry of Enterprise at the meeting include the Permanent Secretary, Hajia Halimah Eletu; the Director, Finance and Supply, Hajia Habiba Saidu; Director, Cooperative, Elder Shola Ogunbiyi; Director, Trade, Mr. Taiwo Adebisi; Director, Commerce, Alhaji Sanni Ibrahim; the Deputy Director, Cooperative,  Hajia Medinat Ojibare; and Director, Mining, Alhaji Sanusi Suleiman.

The meeting also had in attendance, the Ag. Director, MDAs KW-IRS, Olatunji Balogun, Heads of Informal Sector and Ministries Departments, Akeem Alabi and Maimunat Amasa respectively and other staff of KW-IRS.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department,KW-IRS
28/07/2021

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KW-IRS COMMISSIONS DRIVER’S LICENSE CENTRE IN ERIN-ILE, KWARA

In a bid to ease service delivery and guide against revenue flight from road taxes activities in the State, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi today, Wednesday 28th July 2021 commissioned the Driver’s License Centre, built by the Erin-Ile Progressive Union (EPU) in Erin-Ile, Oyun, Local Government Area.

Shade Omoniyi in her opening address at the event expressed appreciation to the Elerin of Erin Ile, His Royal Highness, Oba Abdulganiyu Ibrahim Olusokun II and the entire Erin-Ile community for the generosity exhibited through the donation of land to the Kwara State Government for the construction of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Driver’s License Centre, to serve motorists within Erin-Ile community and its environs and in turn bring about improved revenue generation for the State.

Omoniyi lauded the gesture of the Erin-Ile community, which is geared towards community and State’s development, saying it is unique and unprecedented since the inception of the Service and her assumption of office as the Executive Chairman.

She noted that the location of the new Driver’s License Centre in Erin-Ile town is strategic, leading to other neighbouring communities and States, where different business transactions are executed, and as such the centre will remain a utility point to cater for all needed documentation as its concerns vehicles and other means of transportations.

The KW-IRS boss enjoyed commercial and private motorists to embrace the new facility by patronizing it, so it could be sustained for the use of the community.

Omoniyi further applauded the FRSC for the simplification of the processes involved in the registration and renewal of Driver’s License to a maximum period of two weeks as opposed to old processes that last months to get licensed. She confirmed that KW-IRS has provided the needed equipment for the centre to run smoothly, alongside siting Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) office in same facility for processing of vehicle documents.

Speaking at the event, was the Elerin of Erin-Ile, Oba Abdulganiyu Ibrahim Ajibola Olusokun II, represented by Chief M.S. Ojo. The paramount ruler, through his representative, described the establishment of the new Driver’s License Centre in the Erin-Ile Community as an act that will ease problems associated with traveling miles to obtain needed vehicle documents.

The Elerin of Erin-Ile, enjoined individuals, transport associations and unions operating in the community to desist from traveling to neighboring States for their Driver’s License and vehicle documents to improve revenue generation for Kwara State and develop the community.

Oba Olusokun II also commended the tripartite contributions and willingness of the KW-IRS, FRSC, and VIO and their resolution to providing quality service to the people of Erin-Ile and its adjoining communities.

In their separate remarks, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Jonathan Owoade, and the Erin-Ile Unit Commander, ACC K.A Oluwasiku, also applauded the entire people of Erin-Ile community and the Erin-Ile Progressive Union (EPU) for deeming it necessary to donate the piece of land to accommodate the FRSC Driver’s License Centre.

The representative of the Erin-Ile Progressive Union (EPU), P.F Irewolede, praised the Elerin of Erin-Ile and the National President of the Union for their immense contributions towards the establishment of the Centre in Erin-Ile community.

Giving the closing remarks, the Ag. Director, MDAs, KW-IRS, Olatunji Balogun, reiterated that the new centre is a one-stop-shop that contains Motor Licensing Authority Office (MLA), Driver’s License unit, and the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), and all offices and units in the building are fully equipped to serve the needs of motorists within and outside Erin-Ile town.

Highlight of the event was the official commissioning and unveiling of the edifice performed by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi in the company of FRSC Sector Commander, Jonathan Owoade, Unit Commander, K.A Oluwasiku, Chief M.S Ojo, Irewolede P.F., Ag. Director, MDAs, KW-IRS, Olatunji Balogun, Ag. Head, Road Taxes, KW-IRS Afolabi Oladepo, staff of KW-IRS, representatives of FRSC, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Others that graced the occasion were chiefs and members of Erin Ile community, members of the Road Transport Union Workers, and other major associations and unions from Erin-Ile, Kwara State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
28/7/2021

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