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KWACO NEW EXECUTIVES REITERATE COMMITMENT TO IMPROVED TAX COMPLIANCE

The newly elected President of the Kwara State Artisan Congress (KWACO), Alhaji Jimoh Ayinla Adeshina has reiterated the commitment of the association in ascertaining voluntary tax compliance among its member which will no doubt result in increased revenue generation of the State.

This assertion was made recently at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected executives of the association held at the Kwara State Banquet Hall.

The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who was present at the occasion applauds the leadership of the association for their contribution to the State’s economy, adding that the artisan congress constitutes a larger percentage of Kwara State population and as such cannot be left unrecognized.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS Shade Omoniyi in her address congratulated the new executives and assured them of a continuous mutually beneficial working relationship. She appreciated the commitment of the members of the artisan congress to tax compliance, and urged them not to relent in their efforts towards achieving a desirable Kwara State.

Adeshina in his speech appreciated the Executive Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for all the support his administration has given the artisan congress so far and pledges its unrelenting support for the growth and development of its administration.

The newly elected executives as announced at the event are, The President of the Association, Alhaji Jimoh Ayinla Adeshina, Lady Vice President, Chief (Mrs) Olayinka Atoyebi, Vice President I, Alhaji Comrade Saliu Ayo Sekoni, Vice President II, Comrade Samuel, Secretary-General, Alhaji Oladimeji Jogbojogbo among others.

The event also had in attendance the Director, Income Tax, Mohammed Usman, Head, Informal Sector Department, KW-IRS, Maimunat Amasa, and Head, Artisan, Aduke Robbinson from KW-IRS. Over 85 (Eighty-Five) associations under the umbrella of Kwara State Artisan Congress were present to grace the occasion.

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Corporate Affairs Department
1st December, 2021

KWASHCO Pledges support to KW-IRS towards improved IGR

The Kwara State Association of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists (KWASHCO) led by its State President, Mrs. Funmilayo Oladunjoye has pledged the association’s total support towards revenue growth of Kwara State.

Mrs. Oladunjoye made the pledge in her opening address at the just concluded 2021 Exhibition and Fund Raising Ceremony held at Triumph Event Centre Ilorin. She expressed her profound gratitude to the KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi for her continuous support to the artisans’ groups in the State and her strive to ensure an improved IGR of the State.

The State President, KWASHCO, while pledging members prompt payment and remittance of their Personal Income Income Tax (PIT) to the coffers of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), she added that, the essence of the fundraising and exhibition ceremony is to secure funds to complete the association’s secretariat located at Asa Dam area opposite Dangote Factory, Ilorin, and to also showcase new hair products and styles to members and attendants at the ceremony.

In her response, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Shade Omoniyi, who was represented by the Head, Informal Sector Department, Maimunat Amasa expressed her appreciation to the members of the KWASHCO for a fruitful working relationship established over the years which has been motivated by the need to further improve the IGR of the State.

The Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, assured the association of a continuous, productive, and mutual relationship at all times and wishes members a fun-filled festive period.

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Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
26/11/2021

KW-IRS 6th Soccer End of Year Games Hits Semi-Final Stage

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) 2021 End of Year Games which kicked off on Thursday, 18th November 2021 at the KW-IRS Phase III office, Trillium School field, Irewolede, Ilorin, has hit the semi-final stage after runs of interesting group matches amongst the six (6) soccer teams that registered for the competition.

This year’s 6th edition of the championship, had interested players shared across six (6) strong teams namely; Executive Chairman Team (EC Fc), Admin & Operations Team (AOP Fc), Legal & Compliance Team (LC Fc), Income Tax Team (I&T Fc), MDAs Team (MDAs Fc) and Accounts & Finance Team (A&F Fc).

The group stages completed yesterday Thursday 25th November 2021, had four (4) strong teams advanced to the semi-final stage of the championship. The Executive Chairman Fc, Accounts & Finance Fc, Income Tax Fc, and MDAs Fc are teams that qualified for the next round of the game.

The semi-final rounds will run from Tuesday to Wednesday, 7th & 8th December 2021, Executive Chairman Team will play the MDAs Team in the match opener on Tuesday, 4 pm, while the Income Tax Team will drag horns with the Accounts & Finance Team later on Wednesday afternoon to determine the 2021 End of Year soccer games finalists.

The third-place contender game holds on Friday 10th December 2021, while the final game to wrap up this year’s End of Year soccer championship games will be communicated to the general public in due time.

However, the End of Year games also features  other exciting games such as, table tennis, chess, local draft, and scrabble board games, volleyball, athletics which will be keenly competed by both male and female staff of the Service. The table tennis games will start today at 4:15 pm at the KW-IRS Phase 1 office premises.

Earlier, addressing staff during the official kick-off exercise of the annual ceremonial EOY games at the KW-IRS Phase III Office, Trillium School Field, Irewolede, the Executive Chairman, (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, ably represented by the Head, Human Resources Department, Iyabo Salawudeen, said the essence of the games is to foster unity, build friendship outside regular work schedules and promote healthy living amongst staff in the Service. She calls for the spirit of sportsmanship and wishes participants a wonderful festive season.

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Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
26/11/2021

KW-IRS STAFF WINS GOLD MEDAL IN NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi has congratulated Mardhiyah Kehinde Abdussalam, a staff of the Service for emerging overall winner at the just concluded National Chess Championship held in Lagos between 8th and 14th November, 2021.

Mardhiyah defeated her opponents in all tough rounds and stages of the competition to clutch the gold medal at the end of the championship.

In her appreciation message, the gold medalist expressed her gratitude to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his support and passion for the development of sports in Kwara State.

In her words, “Words alone cannot express my gratitude and indebtedness to my team members at the just concluded National Open Chess Championship.
Their support, encouragement and love brought the success and gold to the team in the women’s category”.

Mardhiyah also expressed her appreciation to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, the Chairman, Kwara State Sports Commission, Coach Bola Magaji, Professor Bewaji, Alhaji Adesoye, and all who supported and contributed to her victory and success story.

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Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
19/11/2021

KW-IRS, KW-GIS meet Ease of Doing Business Council, strategize on improved revenue drive and conducive business environment in Kwara

The Kwara State Ease of Doing Business Council, yesterday 12th November, 2021, paid a working visit to the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Shade Omoniyi at the Corporate Head Office in GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The Council drawn from various MDAs and non-governmental agencies of the State visited the revenue house to review various reforms put in place and ongoing at KW-IRS in the last two years, find ways of improving existing businesses and provision of better conducive business environment in Kwara State.

The KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, appreciated the working visit, the collective efforts, and the vision of sustainable economic growth for Kwara by all.

She lauded the ambition of Ease of Doing Business Council, describing it as a major antidote to economic growth and higher expectations of a positive ripple effects on the IGR of Kwara State.

Shade Omoniyi took turn to reel out reforms in place since she assumed duty, among the reforms are the creation of 13 additional functional area offices across the State, creation of online payment platforms, Self Service portal for taxpayers to carry out tax related activities in the comfort of their homes and offices, introduction and launching of the new e-TCC, various palliatives to taxpayers within the formal and informal sectors to cushion the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on businesses and introduction of ticketing model for Okada riders.

Other reforms as explained by Shade Omoniyi are the introduction of harmonized billing System, creation of Stamp Duty Office with a dedicated stamp duty Commissioner, a streamlined process through merger of related job processes and driving every business processes of KW-IRS technologically.

Omoniyi, noted that engagement of critical stakeholders in the drive of revenue, continuous tax advocacy, and productive Community Impact Programs across the State also remain her major focus, among several others.

In their separate responses, members of Ease of Doing Business Council commended the achievements of the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, particularly in the record breaking IGR in the Q1 of the year.

They characterized all feats as world-class standards and in tune with the principles associated with the ease of doing business in any developed States in the world.

The council emphasized need for more in the area of tax advocacy, considering the peculiarity of the State, calling the attention of KW-IRS boss to the prevalent issues of multiple and double taxation arising from activities of the Local Government and the State, seeking urgent moves to ending all forms of reported unruly manners in which Local Government go about their revenue drive in the State.

The council suggested capacity building training programmes where all collections processes for both State and Local Government are harmonized and creation of more synergy between KW-IRS and the Local Government Council.

The working visit by Ease of Doing Business Council was extended to the office of the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Geographic Information Service (KW-GIS), Abdulmutalib Shittu, where issues bothering on improvement of Lands and Property related business processes were discussed.

Making his remarks, Abdulmutalib Shittu appreciated the visit and exposed the visiting team to various business operations of the agency, with appeal to prospective land and property owners in the State to ensure required clarifications, documentation and approvals are gotten before embarking on any structure construction to avoid sanctions or demolition.

Executive Chairman, KW-GIS, assured the council of provision of simplified and productive business processes for land matters in the State in no distant time, stating that, with the merger of all units saddled with responsibilities of property matters into KW-GIS, greater achievements are possible.

The Council further calls for more symbiotic relationship among all agencies of government, by collaborating to ensuring provision of credible database of taxpayers, an improved IGR and conducive business environment for all in the State.

In his remarks, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Harmony Holdings Limited, Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, expressed the appreciation of the Council to the leadership of both KW-IRS and KW-GIS for their individual and undeniable developmental initiatives that have set a great pace of standards for other MDAs in the State and their attention and struggles geared towards creating an enviable Kwara.

The visit had in attendance the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, the GMD/CEO Harmony Holdings, Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, Honourable Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, Arinola Lawal, the Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Rafiu Ajakaye, President KWACCIMA, Olalekan Ayodimeji, Executive Chairman, KW-GIS, Abdulmutalib Shittu and Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice of the State, Ayinla Salman Jawondo Esq.

Others are top Management team and staff of both KW-IRS and KW-GIS.

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Corporate Affairs Department,KW-IRS
13/11/2021

KW-IRS COMMENCES IMPLEMENTATION OF MANDATORY SUBMISSION OF PAYMENT SCHEDULE

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), notifies the general public that issuance of Tax Clearance Certificate and Receipt for remittances/payments of Pay-As-You-Earn (P-A-Y-E), Withholding Tax (WHT), Development Levies and other payments shall be based on submission of payment schedule.

Remittances without required attachments of schedule detailing necessary information relating to the deductions and remittances made into the Kwara State IGR accounts, shall no longer be receipted until schedule are provided.

This is part of the ongoing reforms in KW-IRS, to create credible data base on taxpayers for appropriate decision making by the government.

Similarly, Employers of Labour are informed that operation of PAYE scheme is dependent on submission of Nominal Roll between 1st January and 31st of March of every year.

Failure to abide by this minimum requirement attracts Best of Judgement Assessment (BOJA) and a penalty of N500, 000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only). Such organizations could also be prosecuted.

Kindly note that this approach is to strengthen the revenue drive of the State, consolidate effective tax administration and over all, foster accountability, transparency and enforcement of minimum requirements of the extant laws as it relates to payments and remittances.

While appreciating taxpayers, contractors and government agencies for their anticipated cooperation, KW-IRS emphasizes its commitment to enforcing compliance of this notice and implore taxpayers and remittance officers to comply with immediate effect.

Kindly find attached acceptable templates for use:
https://bit.ly/30aysAV
https://bit.ly/3mYbqpz

For further enquiries, visit KW-IRS Head Office at 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA, Ilorin, or any of its offices located in all the Local Government Areas across the State or send email to helpdesk@kw-irs.com or call 07006959477.

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Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
09/11/2021

NOTICE!!!

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is in receipt of the judgement delivered on the 3rd of November, 2021 by Honourable Justice K.D Damulak of the National Industrial Court, Akure in the matter against KW-IRS on reinstatement and payment of arrears of salaries of some disengaged staff of the Service.

The court, in deciding against KW-IRS, hinged its judgement largely on what it considered administrative inadequacies during the Disciplinary Proceedings that culminated into the disengagement of the concerned staff in the year 2017.

The KW-IRS convinced that the plaintiffs’ disengagement was in order has taken steps to appeal the judgement of the Industrial Court and is prepared to prosecute the appeal diligently.

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Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
08/11/2021

KWARA HOLDS 2021 TAX CLUB QUIZ COMPETITION: COMMITS TO CONTINUOUS TAX EDUCATION

In its resolve to raise a generation of tax compliant citizens and continue to create a tax informed State,the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) staged the Grand Finale of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Kwara on the 4th of November 2021.

The event, held at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin had three schools out of the six schools that competed in the final round of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition emerged winners.

The Executive Governor of Kwara State, ably represented by his deputy, Mr.Kayode Alabi congratulated KW-IRS on the occasion of another great feat and the contesting schools for their commitment and coming thus far in the competition, with the assurance that the AbdulRahman AbdulRazak led administration is not resting on its oars in ensuring adequate investment and improvement of the education sector of the State.

Giving her opening remarks, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi welcomed everyone to the Grand Finale, noting that KW-IRS interest in tax awareness and inculcation of tax knowledge into the younger generation gave birth to the Tax Club Quiz Competition for Secondary School in the State.

She stressed that KW-IRS as the sole agency of government responsible for revenue administration in the State will continue to imbibe the culture of wholistic investment in unceasing tax advocacy and sensitization campaigns across all sectors of the economy, towards an enhanced Internally Generated Revenue for the State and in building the Kwara we all desire.

Corroborating the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, the Chairman of the constituted  KW-IRS Tax Club Advocacy Committee (TACAC), Babatunde Salawu gave an overview of the competition, stating that a total of 142 schools registered for the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition across the State, and the preliminary rounds, were conducted in the three senatorial districts of the State, to ensure active participation of all and for convenience.

He added that the 2021 competition is technologically driven, a shift from the usual, with the inclusion of Computer Based Test,(CBT) as an additional benefit to participating schools.

Highlights of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition include presentation of trophies and cheques of N2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira, only), being the grand prize to Stepping Stone College as the overall winner.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Model College received
N1,500,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred Naira, only)
 as the prize for the first runner up and the second runner up, Government Secondary School Ilesha Baruba went home with  N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira only).

There were Teachers and Students’ categories of cash prizes; gifts of educational materials and other items were also given to all participating students, teachers and schools.

The occasion had in attendance the Olomu of Omupo, His Royal Highness Oba Yakubu Buari, who is also a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation(FCTI), the Olupo of Ajase Ipo, His Royal Highness Oba Ismail Yahaya, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, represented by Director, School Services Mr.Oyunranti Aderemi, National Presidents, State Chairmen and council members of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria(CITN) and  Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria(ICAN), educationists in the State, top management and staff of KW-IRS among other dignitaries.

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Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
05/11/2021

PROCESS AUTOMATION: KW-IRS TRAINS MDAs ON USE OF PAYMENT PLATFORMS

In its continuous effort to automate all business processes of the State,the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), on Thursday 21st October, 2021 holds a sensitization training for all officers in-charge of PAYE remittance in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Kwara State.

The one-day training focused on showing all concerned participants the rudiments of using the payment platforms approved and provided by the State to transact all revenue related activities.

Representing the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS,Shade Omoniyi,the Director, Income Tax, Mohammed Usman in his welcome address appreciated the participants for honouring the call and for the show of readiness to accept the automation systems for use as required.

Shade Omoniyi through her representative,also state that the exercise is paramount to the Service and State, with emphasis that embracing automation is the key to ease of doing business and remains the strategy to be put in place by any serious government to ensure seamlessness in tax administration and collection of required revenue into the coffers of the government.

Speaking to the presentation slides, the Teamlead, KW-IRS Process Improvement and Business Analysis,Taofiq Alabi took participants through the step by step of the payment platforms and Self Service Portal and live environment of the platforms, explaining several other activities that could be carried out on the Self Service Portal of KW-IRS, such as payment making,submission of PAYE schedule, application for Kwara State Residential Identification Number (KRIN) and Tax Identification Number (TIN) and other applications,among others.

Participants were exposed to the use of the links to navigate the three available payment platforms for use in the State, that is, the Remita, PayArena and Quickteller.

The trainer did not fail to reiterate that, submission of PAYE schedule by employers is required alongside PAYE remittance to make sending of SMS notification about the deductions made from salary of each staff and as remitted on their behalf to the State possible, adding that, this is another benefit of the automation system of the State.

The session witnessed questions and answers and participants appreciated the opportunity of the training, with pledge to comply to the usage, considering the embedded benefit of convenience,which eliminates travelling to KW-IRS for submission of salary schedule in particular.

Closing the session,the Director Legal and Compliance, Shehu Mogaji Abdullahi in his remarks, commended the acceptability of the platforms by various MDAs in the State, stating that the idea of automation of business processes of the State is not only to ease collection,but to eliminate any form of revenue leakages and to improve the IGR generation for the State.

The meeting was put on notice of the commencement of issuance of e-TCC before the year runs out,which enables taxpayers who have settled all due payment to print out their Tax Clearance Certificates on their own, and in the comfort of their homes or offices, without the need to visit KW-IRS office.

Aside the officers in charge of payment of PAYE in the State’s MDAs,the training also had in attendance Management and Staff of KW-IRS.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
21/10/2021

2021 GAANI FESTIVAL

Congratulations to the Emir of Yashikira, Sarkin Yanma Alhaji (Dr) Usman Umar Sariki on the celebration of the prominent Gaani Festival.

ENFORCEMENT AND TAX PAYERS RIGHT ON “MY TAX AND I”

This episode of the Tax Advocacy Program of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), “My Tax and I”, discussed ENFORCEMENT AND TAXPAYERS RIGHT, with the Head, Enforcement Department, KW-IRS, Lukman Mustapha and his team mates Oluwatosin Aremu and Ayodeji Olaifa.

Did you know?

 Enforcement is the process in which taxpayers is compelled to comply with relevant tax laws in terms of making required payments as and when due.

 Enforcement is necessary to compel recalcitrant taxpayers, act as deterrent to others, and stimulate voluntary compliance to relevant tax laws.

 Enforcement action is premised on the particular revenue item and the provision of the law.

 KW-IRS explores Warrant of Distrain, Civil action, Prosecution as enforcement actions.

 Enforcement is dependent on the revenue/tax involved and the provision of the law.

 Taxpayers have rights under the law.

 Taxpayers can enjoy reliefs as deemed practicable by tax authority. For instance during pandemic or disaster.

 Taxpayers are under obligation to file an annual tax returns within the stipulated time frame which will inform the basis of an assessment.

 Taxpayers have right to demand an assessment from the Tax authority.

 Taxpayers have right to object to a Notice of Assessment given within the stipulated time frame or request for justification for the basis of an assessment.

 Taxpayers have right to fair hearing and tax education.

 In KW-IRS, the procedure for carrying out enforcement include:
– Review of the taxpayer’s file
– Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution
– Service of Final Demand/Notice of Intention to prosecute on the taxpayers
– Seeking Legal redress in Court (Warrant of distrain).
– Execution of warrant of distrain in conjunction with Law enforcement agencies

 KW-IRS is authorized by law to carry out enforcement through Warrant of distrain and Civil actions for debt recovery.

 Any person who fails to obey an order of the Court will be held in contempt and such person may be committed to imprisonment until he or she is able to purge him/herself of such contempt.

 KW-IRS explores Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) enforcement to encourage voluntary tax compliance. This ADR enforcement approach requires persuasion, mediation, clarification if any etc.

 The inclusion of an ADR approach informs a participatory decision process in enforcement process.

 In Kwara State, the court that have jurisdiction to hear tax matters are Kwara State Revenue Court established in pursuant to the Kwara State Revenue Law and Tax Appeal Tribunal

 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.

 For ease of Revenue administration, among other benefits, the Harmonized collection of KW-IRS was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State.

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

 Taxpayers can visit KW-IRS Corporate Head Office on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin or any of its offices within Ilorin metropolis and across all Local Government Areas of the State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs, KW-IRS
06/10/2021

KW-IRS WINS 2021 INDEPENDENCE CUP IN SOCCER & TABLE TENNIS

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Football Team on Friday 1st, October 2021 emerged back-to-back winner of the 2021 Independence Cup, conceptualized by Phreestyle Sports Limited in collaboration with the Kwara State Sports Commission to celebrate Nigeria 61st Independence anniversary.

The revenue collectors displayed unpaired skills and mastery of the game from the preliminary stages of the competition with two convincing wins and a draw against the rugged SWAN, Kwara INEC, and Kwara PRO teams respectively to earn a spot at the final stage.

The KW-IRS Team squared up against the Kwara PRO team at the final for the second time in the competition having played a tough 2-2 draw in the earlier rounds to clinched the prestigious trophy for the second time.

The match witnessed a slow start for the revenue collectors as their opponent dominated the encounter, netted twice in the first half with the hope of sealing off the final.

However,the KW-IRS football Team came back into the game in the second half with more zeal to win the championship cup and fired in four goals to edge out its opponent and claimed the trophy in grand style.

Similarly, Shade Olanipekun, and Nurudeen Opeyemi, members of the KW-IRS table tennis team emerged winners in the newly introduced table tennis game of this year’s edition of the Independence Cup.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, who was ably represented by the Director, Legal & Compliance, KW-IRS, Shehu Mogaji Abdullahi,Esq, congratulated the KW-IRS team for the victory, and show of class and spirit of sportsmanship throughout the stages of the competition.

Omoniyi,through her representative, noted that the victory is remarkable and a double celebration for the Service,coming same day she marks her 2nd year in office as Executive Chairman, KW-IRS,adding that KW-IRS has again, shown competence,character and statement, even in the sports circle in Kwara State having exhibited excellence and grit by grasping the Independence trophy twice in a row and another ribbon from the newly introduced table tennis game.

The organizer of the championship, Freestyle Sports Limited, Shogo Shodunke and Kwara Sports Commission were appreciated for the initiative, describing the competition as a great way to celebrate the Independence anniversary of Nigeria.

Highlights of the championship finals held at the Kwara State Indoor Sports Hall, Ilorin include the presentation of trophies and prizes to winners, entertainment, and group photographs.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
02/10/2021

CELEBRATING AN ICON OF INESTIMABLE VALUE!

Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary as the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).

We wish you greater achievements and pray that God will continue to grant you wisdom and perfect health to steer the affairs of KW-IRS to more enviable positions.

Congratulations to you EC!!!

KW-IRS AND RUDIMENTS OF ANNUAL TAX RETURNS, TAX AUDIT ON “MY TAX AND I”

The Head of Tax Audit of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Kabiru Rufai and his team Funmilayo Akin-Jacobs and Yetunde Elegboja dwelt on the fundamentals of Annual Tax Returns and Tax Audit on the Service radio advocacy program “My Tax and I”.

Did You Know?
Annual Tax Returns are documents submitted by employers of Labour containing the income of the employees, taxes deducted and remitted for the preceding year, which must be filed on or before 31st January of every year.

All employers of Labour are eligible to file Annual Tax Returns.

The law backing filing of Annual Tax Returns is Section 81, Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 LFN 2011.

The procedure for filing of Annual Tax returns are
i. Visit the official website of KW-IRS www.kw-irs.com/annualreturns to download, fill and upload the completed Annual Returns forms.

ii. Send the completed hard copies of all uploaded forms to KW-IRS Corporate Head Office on 27, Ahmadu Bello way GRA, Ilorin on or before 31st January of every year.

The documents required to file an Annual Tax returns include:
i. PAYE Annual Returns showing the income of the employees, taxes deducted and remitted in the preceding year.
ii. Nominal Roll of the organization.
iii. WHT Annual Returns.
iv. Remittance Summary showing the monthly remittances and reference number on the receipt.
v. Photocopies of Automated Revenue receipts on PAYE, WHT and Development Levies.
vi. Expatriate quota (if applicable).
vii. Immigration returns of expatriates (if applicable)

The penalty for failure to file Annual Tax Returns is N500, 000.00 in the case of a corporate body, and N50, 000.00 in the case of an individual.

The website to visit for e-filing of annual returns is www.kw-irs.com/annualreturns.

Tax Audit is the independent examination of the periodic return (documents) submitted by a taxpayer to Internal Revenue Service (IRS), with a view to ascertain the level of its compliance to relevant tax laws and regulations.

The aim of Tax Audit is to maximize revenue by ensuring that tax payers pay the correct tax as and when due and as the laws stipulate.

To curb the problem of tax avoidance, Tax Audit and Investigation are required.

A company or individual would be tax audited if the Revenue Service is of the opinion that the level of compliance with the PAYE and other statutory deductions are in doubt and to ensure arithmetical accuracy of all figures in the account.

Tax audit is to ensure every taxable person and company are brought to tax net as well and for ease of information gathering.
Tax Authorities record huge revenue increase from Tax Audit exercises, and continues with the exercise in order to block revenue leakages, and as a means to shore up IGR for the State.

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.

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

For any enquiry or tax related issues you can visit the Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin or any of their offices within Ilorin metropolis and in all Local Government Areas across Kwara State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
23/09/2021

COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF KW-IRS, STRIKES OUT ENTIRE CLAIMS OF N567.7MILLION BY MAZARS CONSULTING

The Court of Appeal, Ilorin division, on the 10th of September, 2021 has struck out a case instituted against Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) by Mr. Adeyemi Sanni Sheriff, Mrs. Adedoyin Sanni, and Mr. Bamidele Ogunlowo, trading under the name and style of “Mazars Consulting” in respect of the recovery of a total sum of N569,765,358.43 (Five Hundred and Sixty Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Eight Naira, Forty Three Kobo) for an alleged commission on a purported service rendered to the KW-IRS as a Tax Audit Monitoring Agent (TAMA).

Convinced by the merit of the case, the Plaintiffs (Mazars Consulting) through her counsel, A. K. Ajibade & Associates instituted the action under the Undefended List procedure.

The Defendant (KW-IRS) promptly joined issues with the Plaintiffs by filing reasonable grounds for defense, all to the fact that the Plaintiffs have not rendered any service that could warrant the payment of such humongous claims being sought against the Defendant.

The Plaintiffs got judgment in their favour against KW-IRS on the 5th November, 2020 at the Kwara State High Court in a ruling delivered by Justice E. B. Mohammed.

Dissastified by the judgment of the Kwara State High Court, the Service filed in an appeal against the judgment of the court before the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division and at the same time, filed and moved a motion for the stay of execution of the said judgment pending the determination of the appeal.

Deciding on the appeal, the Court of Appeal formulated two issues vis-a-vis disclosure or non-joinder of the proper parties before the Court and the propriety or otherwise of not moving the entire claims of the Plaintiffs from the Undefended List Procedure to the General Cause List by the trial Court.

In the end, the appellate Court in an unanonimous decision struck out the entire claims of the Plaintiffs on the 10th day of September, 2021, as read by the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin division, U.I. Ndukwe-Anyanwu, having resolved the entire issues in favour of the KW-IRS.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
22/09/2021

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

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