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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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KW-IRS SEEKS TAX COMPLIANT ENTREPRENEURS IN THE STATE

The Head, Informal Sector, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Maimunat Amasa, and other KW-IRS staff represented the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi in Ilorin, recently at the Nimota Idera Foundation Female Entrepreneurs Brunch organized to financially empower young business owners who are into the various class of businesses and others willing to start up businesses of their choice in the State.

In her keynote address, the representative of KW-IRS boss, Amasa, appreciated the Executive founder of the foundation, Ambassador Nimota Nihinlola Akanbi, the Co-founder Dr. Mariam Akanbi Balogun, and the Coordinator, Rahmat Balogun for the carefully conducted selection of candidates for the empowerment as part of the foundation’s contribution to the development of entrepreneurs in the State and the inclusion of avenue to speak about taxation and its impacts in the development of any State.

Amasa advised all beneficiaries to ensure the financial aids given are efficiently and effectively utilized and taxes due on various incomes of beneficiaries be paid as their civic responsibility to the growth of Kwara State.

Nimota Idera Foundation, established in 2008, rolled out for the year 2021, capital aids ranging from N25,000, N50,000, N100,000, and N150,000 strictly for female entrepreneurs in various businesses in the State.

Other guests and speakers at the event include Dr. Bamidele a mental health specialist and senior registrar at UITH Ilorin, and Juliet Halawani an experienced and successful business coach.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
25/7/2021

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KW-IRS CONGRATULATES 4TH SWIT NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON, ADIMULA

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi has congratulated Dr. Abiola Adimula on her successful election and investiture as the 4th National Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) and charged the legal and tax guru to deploy her wealth of knowledge and experience in taxation towards the advancement of SWIT, Tax Advocacy and Revenue Administration in her State, Kwara.

Guests at the events include the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq, represented by the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole,His Royal Highness, the Olomu of Omupo,Oba Muhammed Yakubu Buhari Adebayo II, who is also a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria(FCTI),traditional chiefs,President of CITN, represented by his Vice, Barr. Samuel Agbeluyi Adeshina Adedayo, representative of the Executive Chairman, Federal inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Ishola Akingbade, KW-IRS Management and staff,
representatives of the Unilorin Tax Club, family and friends.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
25/7/2021

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SWIT, CITN EXECUTIVES VISIT KW-IRS AHEAD OF INVESTITURE CEREMONY

The incoming National Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation
(SWIT) Dr. Biola Adimula in the company of the immediate past President
of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Dame Olajumoke
Simplice, and her team on Friday 23rd July 2021 paid a courtesy visit to
the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service ( KW-IRS)
Shade Omoniyi to intimate her of the top gear preparation towards the
investiture ceremony of the 4th National Chairperson of the body
scheduled to hold in Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday 24th July 2021.

As part of the schedule of the visitation, the visiting team was led to
the Office of the Deputy Governor, Kwara State, Mr. Kayode Alabi by the
Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi as the host of the forthcoming
event.

Dame Olajumoke Simplice in her remarks at the Deputy Governor’s Office
said the purpose of the visit was to inform the Executive Governor,
Mallam Abdulrahman Abdurasaq of the presence of CITN and SWIT Executives
in the State and to also humbly invite him to the investiture ceremony
of the new National Chairperson of SWIT, Dr. Abiola Adimula, who is an
indigene of Kwara State.

She thanked the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman
Abdulrasaq for the numerous and continuous support he has given to the
CITN and SWIT in the state over the years.
She also lauded the Governor’s decisions for entrusting revenue
administration of the State into the hands of a woman in the person of
Shade Omoniyi who has reciprocated the gesture by elevating revenue
generation of the state into a worthy position within a short period.

In her address, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi expressed
appreciation to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi for the warm
reception and expression of readiness to always assist the parent body
of SWIT at all times.

She expressed joy over the victory of Dr. Abiola Adimula, a woman of
virtue, as the new National President of the SWIT, a feat she described
as unique and double blessings for Kwara state in general.

Omoniyi pledges continuous support for both CITN and SWIT at all levels
of interaction in the country and prayed for a successful investiture
ceremony and term of office for the new National Chairperson.

The Deputy Governor, Kwara State, Mr. Kayode Alabi, welcomed the
visiting team of both bodies to the State, he congratulated the incoming
National Chairperson, Dr. Abiola Adimula for emerging victorious in the
SWIT election.

He said the state is proud of her emergence as the new National
Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) as an indigene of
the State and will always be ready to ensure she succeed in the office.
He wished her a peaceful and successful investiture ceremony and tenure
in office.

Dr. Adimula in her vote of thanks, appreciated the Executive Governor of
Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for his support for women in
government and continuous assistance his administration has provided for
CITN and SWIT in Kwara State.

Those in attendance include; Director of Accounts and Finance, KW-IRS
Omolara Ojulari, Deputy Registrar/Chief Executive Technical of CITN,
Afolake Olawunmi Oso, Deputy Vice President CITN, Ohagwa Innocent,
Registrar/Chief Executive, CITN, Adefisayo Awogbade, FIRS State
Coordinator (Kwara, Ekiti, and Ondo) Isola Akingbade, Ag. Head,
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS, Titilayomi Ogunwale, Secretary
LOC, SWIT Kwara State, Mrs. Oluwakemi Obakemi, Financial Secretary,
SWIT, Dr. Odunayo Ani and Kwara State Chairperson SWIT, Mrs. Funmilayo
Olaoye.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
23/7/2021

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KW-IRS WON’T BOW TO BLACKMAIL IN ONGOING REFORMS: CHAIRMAN

The attention of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is drawn to an unfounded and fallacious article published by an online platform, nairaland, in which the publisher was without any credible proof accused of “packaging” public funds for a sibling of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

The claim is false, malicious, baseless, and mischievous. It is a desperate attempt to dampen the rising public confidence in the ongoing reforms of the KW-IRS, the improved, yet humane revenue drive of the State, blockage of waste through e-payment platforms, and the glaring spike in how taxpayers’ money is going into execution of public projects and programmes that benefit every segment of the society.

We at the KW-IRS owe the duty of transparency and accountability to our esteemed taxpayers and the general public.

We therefore reiterate that:

• KWIRS reports all collections made and has no access to the funds like it was in the past. It could therefore not give out what it does not have access to.

• All processes to block revenue leakages and ensure transparency are in place and KW-IRS remains focused in improving same.

• The KW-IRS is aware that no reforms go without challenges and blackmails like the malicious blog post, both internally and externally. The leadership in the State is ready to face it and will continue to do things the right way.

• The KW-IRS is determined to protect its hard-fought brand and the confidence reposed in it by the taxpayers and would leave no stone unturned to unravel whoever is behind this irresponsible act.

• Social media platforms and users need to verify every news item/post before publishing or broadcast.

• The Service is prepared to follow due process in ensuring that anyone involved in producing and or spreading that false and injurious post faces the law.

Once again, KW-IRS remains committed and will not be distracted by acts of sabotage and blackmail while ensuring the right things are done, always.

Signed

Shade Omoniyi
Executive Chairman, KW-IRS
19/07/2021

SCORECARDS: 2021 KWARA SCHOOLS’ TAX CLUB COMPETITION, PRELIMINARIES

The Preliminary stages of the 2021 KW-IRS Tax Club Quiz Competition, conducted across the State between 5th and 12th July 2021 are completed.

The Kwara South, North, and Central featured (31) Thirty-One, (22) Twenty-Two, and (89) Eighty-Nine schools respectively, totalling (142) One-Hundred and Forty-Two schools from the three Senatorial Districts of the State as participants in the First and Second Rounds of the Computer Based Test (CBT) Tax Competition held at Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba, Kwara State College of Education, Lafiagi, Omupo Anglican Grammar School, Omupo and KW-IRS CBT Centre, Trillium premises, Irewolede, Ilorin, Kwara State.

A total number of (18) Eighteen schools made it to the semi-final stage out of the One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) schools that registered for the competition.

In November, the (18) Eighteen Semi-Finalists will compete to produce winners in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions from the three (3) Senatorial Districts to conclude the activities of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz competition.

The scorecards of schools that made it to the SEMI-FINALS as  communicated after the exercise are as below:

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
14/07/2021

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KWARA CENTRAL WRAPS UP 2021 TAX CLUB QUIZ COMPETITION PRELIMINARIES, SIX SCHOOLS JOIN OTHER SEMI-FINALISTS

The preliminary stages of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition to shortlist the overall best Six Schools from each senatorial district of the State was concluded today Monday 12th July 2021.

The first of its kind Computer Based Test (CBT), Tax Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in the State started with schools in the Kwara North and South on 5th, 6th and 8th of July, 2021, and had produced Eighteen (18) schools across the State; six (6) from each of the three Senatorial Districts.

A total of  One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) schools expressed interest in the competition for the year 2021 across the State.

Kwara North, South and Central have Twenty-Two (22), Thirty-One (31) and Eighty-Nine (89) schools respectively.

The schools in Kwara Central, today, 12th July 2021, converged at the CBT centre of KW-IRS at its phase 3 office on Irewolede Road, Ilorin, for their turn of the first and second rounds of the Tax Quiz Competition.

The exercise ended with the emergence of six schools, qualifying to the semi-final stage from Kwara Central to join other shortlisted; namely Stepping Stone College Ilorin, St.James C.A.C Senior Secondary School Ilorin, Muslim Model Secondary School Ilorin, Islamic College Ilorin, Faith Academy Ilorin and  Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Ilorin.

Earlier in their separate welcome addresses, the Convener and Chairman of the competition, Titilayomi Ogunwale and Babatunde Salawu, on behalf of the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, commended the participating schools for making it to the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition, adding that the competition is parts of the KW-IRS community Impact programme and tax advocacy initiative, aimed at building enlightened and tax compliant citizens and developing the Kwara we all desire.

The participating schools were also charged to put in their best and avail themselves, the knowledge the exercise is to inculcate into them.

The event, organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development had in attendance, the KW-IRS Tax Club Advocacy Committee, Educationists in the State and other staff of the Service.

The Eighteen schools that have sailed through the preliminary stages will compete at the semi-final and thereafter the final in November 2021, where the overall best three (3) schools would emerge.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
12/07/2021

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2021 TAX COMPETITION: KWARA SOUTH HAS SIX SCHOOLS EMERGE WINNERS TO SEMI-FINALS

In continuation of the first-ever Computer Based Test (CBT) for Taxclub Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Kwara State, the Kwara South Senatorial District, had their turn of the first and second rounds of the competition, today, Thursday, 8th July 2021 at the Omupo Anglican Grammar School, Omupo.

The event, organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development had in attendance, the Olomu of Omupo, His Royal Highness, Oba Muhammed Yakubu Buari Adebayo II, who is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, Chiefs of Omupo and educationists in the State.

In his remarks, Oba Yakubu Buari commended the KW-IRS team, led by its Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, for the initiative of continuous tax advocacy in the State, particularly on students; through inculcating tax knowledge and its importance into the younger generation.

The Monarch appreciated the honour of staging the preliminary of the 2021 Taxclub quiz competition for Kwara South in his domain, charging the participating schools to see the competition as an opportunity to learn the importance of taxation to the economy and development of the state and country at large and to also grow to becoming carriers of right information and education about taxation.

Giving her address at the event, the Executive Chairman (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, welcomed and appreciated the presence of the royal father, the representatives of the Omupo community, the host school, and all participants.

The KW-IRS boss emphasized the purpose of the Tax Club Quiz Competition, which was not aimed at only rewarding excellent performance but to raise a generation of informed and tax compliant citizens.

She admonished all participants to adhere strictly to the rules of the game, do away with any form of malpractice and embrace sportsmanship spirit, even after the exercise.

The rounds 1 & 2 of the competition for Kwara South had 31(thirty-one) schools, out of which 6(six) schools qualified to the semi-final stage of the competition; namely Anglican Boys Academy Oro, Adeola College Offa, Notre Dam Girls Academy Amoyo, Bimaks International School Ijagbo, St. Clares Anglican Girls Grammar School Offa and UMCA Secondary School Share.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the competition for Kwara Central Senatorial District hold on Monday,12th July 2021, after which the Semi-Final and the Final take place in November, 2021, in Ilorin, the State Capital.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
08/07/2021

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2021 SCHOOLS’ TAX CLUB COMPETITION: SIX SCHOOLS QUALIFY TO SEMI-FINALS FROM KWARA NORTH

In its resolve to integrate quality tax education in younger generations in Kwara State, the First and Second Rounds of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in the State has commenced, with the Kwara North Senatorial District, on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July 2021. The competition, organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), is in collaboration with the State’s Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development
The competition for the year 2021, holds, in both virtual and physical forms.

For Kwara North Senatorial Districts, the competition was designed to hold at two locations; Ilesha Baruba and Lafiagi.The Kwara North edition of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) competition, ended with six (6) schools, qualifying to the semi-finals out of the twenty-two (22) schools that expressed interest in the competition from the Kwara North.

Earlier in the year, an 8-man committee, was constituted by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, all consist of staff of KW-IRS, with Babatunde Salawu as the Chairman and Titilayomi Ogunwale, as the convener of the Tax Club Quiz Competition project for KW-IRS.

The committee, saddled with the responsibility of organizing Tax Advocacy programmes in the State, alongside the Corporate Affairs and IT Departments of the Service, led its members and the representative of the department of School Services, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Alalade R., to Ilesha Baruba and Lafiagi, the host towns of the first leg of the 2021 competition for Kwara North.

Giving his address, the Emir of Ilesha Baruba, HRH. Prof. Halidu Abubakar welcomed the visiting team and expressed appreciation to the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration for his engagement and commitment towards education, socio-cultural, and grassroots development. He commended the vision of the Governor for a system of government that works for all.

HRH. Prof. Halidu also thanked the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, for her commitment and efforts in assisting with the mobilization of revenue for the development of the State. “The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), remains the first across Nigeria to transform its old Board of Internal Revenue Agency into a fully functional State Internal Revenue Service with a clear-cut mandate backed up by Kwara State Revenue Administration Law No 6 of 22 June 2015” the monarch stated.

He also commended the Service for considering it necessary to nurture a tax compliant society through the tax club quiz competition, describing the cause as an act of commitment and devotion to quality service delivery to the State in general.

The Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba played host to the shortlisted secondary schools from both Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas of the State. A total number of eight (8) schools from the districts featured in the Computer Based Test, under strict compliance to the Covid-19 safety measures and after the two (2) rounds of the Computer-Based Test, two (2) schools; Unique College, Kaiama, and the host school, Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba emerged qualifiers to the semi-finals of the competition from Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas.

Similarly, the team was received by the Provost, Kwara State College of Education, (Technical), Lafiagi, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, on Tuesday 6th July 2021, where the tax club quiz competition scheduled for Edu and Patigi Local Government Areas of the Kwara North, was conducted. The CBT had a total number of fourteen (14) Secondary Schools, with four (4) schools namely, Government Secondary School Lafiagi, Ave Maria Catholic Secondary School, Lafiagi, The Apostolic Church Secondary School, Patigi and Shepherd Senior Secondary School, Lafiagi from both Edu and Patigi Local Government Areas respectively, emerged winners to the semi-final stage and will be joining their counterparts from Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas for the next rounds.

The 2021 KW-IRS Tax Club Quiz Competition’s First and Second Rounds for Secondary Schools in the Kwara North Senatorial District had, therefore, produced six (6) semi-finalists, while Secondary Schools in both Kwara South and Central will take their respective chances on Thursday 8th and Monday 12th July 2021 in Omupo Anglican Secondary School, and the KW-IRS CBT Centre, Trillium School, Ilorin, Kwara State respectively.

The ongoing preliminary stages of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition are to produce six (6) schools from each of the three senatorial districts for the semi-finals, scheduled to hold a few months from now, with various prizes set aside to be won for schools’ projects and academic pursuits of participants that emerged overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.

The establishment of Tax Club in schools in the State aims at ensuring students have clear understanding of the role of tax in the development of an economy; Create interactive atmospheres for students to share ideas and contribute positively to the economic development of the country and state; Compete positively in Schools debate and quiz; Build careers in taxation and other related areas of study, and get rewarded for active and excellent performance.

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

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“MY TAX AND I”, KW-IRS COMMENCES ITS Q3 RADIO ADVOCACY PROGRAMME

In its commitment to continuous education, enlightenment and dissemination of required information to the general public, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), has commenced its radio program, “My Tax and I” for the quarter 3 of 2021.

The WEEK 1 episode of the programme, aired on different radio stations in the State, had seasoned tax practitioners and staff of the Service, Sunday Agbana and Iyabo Adebayo, discuss the topic “TAX ASSESSMENT AND OBJECTION”

Did you know that?

 Tax Assessment is a process to determine the appropriate tax payable on the income of individuals, ventures and enterprises, either self-employed or in employment in the relevant year of assessment?

 Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and Direct Assessment are methods of collection of Personal Income Tax (PIT)?

  PAYE applies to those in employment, while Direct Assessment applies to those that are self-employed and Taxpayers are free to choose from both options to be assessed on?

 The process of Tax Assessment starts with Demand for Completion of Form A, completion of Return of Income and Claims for Allowances and Reliefs form for self-employed as well as submission of Nominal Roll by Corporate organization. This is followed by examination of returns and interview of taxpayers, where necessary after which Notices of Assessment are generated and then served?

 Form A is known as the Return of Income and Claims for Allowance and Reliefs. It serves as an assessment tool which a taxpayer is expected to complete and fill in the year of assessment between 1st January and 31st March each year?

 Form A states the income from all sources & allowances taxpayers want to claim and comprised 4 parts: Personal Details of Taxpayers, Statement of Income from all sources, Tax Exempts and Taxpayer’s declaration?

 Submission of Annual Tax Returns of an employer’s previous activities to the State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS in this case) should not be later than 31st January each year while submission of Nominal Roll is done on or before 31st March every year?

 The taxpayer has certain rights to an assessment and these include the right to be served Notice of Assessment (NOA); right to object to tax assessed within a specified time frame of receipt of the NOA if he or she is not pleased with the assessment; right to fair hearing; right to self-representation of his or her authorized representative; and right to relevant information for the discharge of his or her tax obligation?

 Among other criteria, an assessment is said to be final and conclusive when a taxpayer fails to object an Assessment within 30 days of service of NOA?

 An employer refers to anyone exercising power over payment of remuneration, any agent, manager, director or other representatives and any paying officer of the Government?

 An employer is obliged to register with relevant Tax Authority within Six Months of Commencement of a Business and ensure correct statutory deduction and remittance to the KW-IRS on or before the 10th day of the month following the month of deduction?

 It is the responsibility of an employer to prepare and submit remittance schedules and other necessary documents to the KW-IRS?

 Self-Assessment refers to a process where a taxpayer honestly files his or her tax returns and come up with an assessment of what he or she presumes PIT should be and gives evidence of tax payable or payment plan over a given time frame?

 Self-Assessment can be explored by taxpayers, but they must provide evidence of audited financial records to support their claim (S. 44 of PITA 2011 as amended). It is backed by Personal Income Tax Act 2011 as amended. It is usually between 1st January and 31st March each year?

 Taxpayers who file their tax returns honestly and promptly shall be granted a bonus of 1% of the tax payable (A.45, PITA 2011 as amended) as long as there is no default in the payment mode?

 All revenue payments could 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 enquiry or clarification on tax matters, you can reach KW-IRS on the following Communication 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 to transact directly with the official revenue officers of KW-IRS and ensure all payments are receipted for accordingly.

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

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KWSG ANNOUNCES A NEW DIRECTOR FOR KW-IRS

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has appointed Usman Mohammed Shehu as the Director of Income Tax Directorate for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).

According to the Kwara State Government, the appointment takes immediate effect  from 1st July, 2021.

Usman Mohammed Shehu holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Accounting and Business Management respectively at the Delta State University.

He is highly knowledgeable in Income Tax, Internal Revenue generation strategy, Banking Operations, Business Development, Budget Planning, Financial Modelling, Planning, Analysis, Reporting and vast in the tract of people’s management, and other major managerial roles.

Usman Mohammed is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

He has worked and served in various capacities in business,  banks, and financial institutions in Nigeria since the early ’90 and performed various managerial roles at the Omega Bank and Heritage Bank Company Limited from 2003 to 2009 before joining Unity Bank Plc.

In 2010, He served in the bank as Business Service Manager, Assistant Manager from 2010 to 2014, and became the Branch Manager of Unity Bank Plc. in 2014 where he served up until his appointment by the Kwara State Government as a Director at  KW-IRS.

Usman Mohammed Shehu is an indigene of Kwara State, born on the 18th of June 1974. He is married and blessed with children.

As the newly appointed Director joins in the drive of revenue mobilization for the strategic development of Kwara State, we wish him a successful tenure in office.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
30/6/2021

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IMPROVING PROPERTY TAX PERFORMANCE: KW-IRS, BUREAU OF LANDS, OTHER MDAs SYNERGISE

A synergy session among all stakeholders in the Property Tax and other Land Revenue matters in Kwara State was held today, Tuesday, 29th June 2021, at the Corporate Head Office of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS).

The meeting which was tagged; “Synergy, Synchronization and Sustainability of Land Business Processes” was targeted at ensuring improved, effective and efficient property tax collection in the State.

Giving her opening remarks at the session, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi stressed the importance of Property Tax in revenue mobilization, adding that it is a line of the collection with great potentials.

She stated that the meeting of all relevant MDAs on Property and Lands matters was not to stage a blaming platform but to brainstorm on best ways to handling this important revenue line, which in turn will shore up the revenue base of the State. She reiterated the commitment of the Service in actualizing its mandate through the robust implementation of systems that ease processes and activities of all MDAs in the State.

Omoniyi charged all stakeholders and participants to see the job of revenue drive as the duty & responsibility of all, towards achieving more development for the State, adding that, only with strong collaboration and embracement of automation of all processes of collection, can the huge success being awaited, come to pass.“Let us forget about the past and focus more on what we all can do now, to ensure the goal of the State is accomplished”, she stated.

In her presentation, the Head, Property Tax, KW-IRS, Olanike Wole- Oke, spoke to factors affecting property tax in Kwara State, stating that, the main goal of the session was to identify the loopholes created as a result of lack of synergy and develop strategies that could bring about positive change in the landed property sector of the State for the benefit of all.

She elaborated on the need for synergy of all involved in property tax, that is, the Bureau of Lands, Office of Surveyor-General, Town Planning Authority, Housing and Urban Development, Geographic Information System and Ministry of Justice.

Other issues raised by the Head of Property Tax include; realistic database of properties and their owners, proper street naming and house numbering, accurate transfer of satellite imageries on the systems, effective synchronization of systems for easy interface with relevant MDAs involved in landed property matters, automated bill generation and reporting.

Abayomi Ajiboso, a Manager of the Property Tax Department of KW-IRS, in his presentation titled “tapping the untapped revenue lines of property tax in  Kwara State”, highlighted Caveat Emptor, Mortgage and Approval Fees, Document Registration and Search, Capital Gain Tax, Stamp Duties etc, as major areas that need to be tapped into.

Corroborating all earlier submissions on the need gaps in Property Tax drive and collection in the State, Ajiboso, stated that,the only way to effective and improved IGR for the State is synergy and syncronization of all activities.

In their responses, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, TPL Isiaq Oloorukoba and the Director-General Bureau of Land, TPL Bolake Yusuf, expressed their appreciation to KW-IRS for bringing up such a session, stating, it is a good step in the right direction.

TPL Bolakale added that there has been a harmonious working relationship between the Bureau of Lands and KW-IRS. He however noted that the agency is aware of most of the issues raised and reiterated the continuous commitment of all parties involved in ensuring the set goals are achieved.

Contributing to the discussion, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and a council member of the ‘Ease of doing Business’, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye, who was also in attendance, emphasised the need for all to embrace technology as a way to greater development. He added that involvement of the  Telecoms companies in making the internet available across the State could further assist data and information synchronization for revenue growth for the State.

Speaking on behalf of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the State, Jawondo Salman, the  Permanent Secretary, of the ministry, Musa Idris, identified non-implementation of existing laws as a major hindrance to revenue growth. He noted that the capacity of government to impose use of relevant laws, political wills and proper enforcement are germane for achievement of set goals. ‘It is not enough highlighting problems without proper application of laws and follows up on enforcement processes’, said Idris.

The Head, Building Unit, Bureau of Lands, Yinka Abdullahi, and other principal officers from property tax related agencies hinged issues of low performance in revenue collection from property tax to challenges of compliance and promised to work together more than before, towards realisation of objectives of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazak led administration.

In his closing remarks, the Director, Admin and Operations, KW-IRS, who doubles as Acting Head MDAs, Olatunji Balogun, appreciated all participants for their time and contributions.

Olatunji said, issue of property is germane to the development of any State and it requires a collaborative effort to have an increased revenue generation for the State.

The session had in attendance, other Directors of KW-IRS, Omolara Ojulari and Shehu Abdullahi; the General Manager, Physical Planning Authority, TPL Taiye Mohammed, Deputy Surveyor-General, T.A.Afolayan, Director, Land Services, Esv. Emmanuel Ogundipe, principal officers and staff of all relevant MDAs in the State and staff of KW-IRS.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
29th June 2021.

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2021 TAX CLUB COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS IN KWARA COMMENCES ON 5TH JULY.

As part of its effort to further improve the  quality of tax education and raising a generation of tax compliant citizens across the State, the Kwara State Government, through  the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KW-IRS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, announces the commencement of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition for all secondary schools in Kwara State.

The competition holds at the Kwara North, South and Central Senatorial Districts of the State from Monday 5th  to Monday 12th  July 2021 for schools that expressed interest through application for the competition.

According to the statement from the KW-IRS organizing committee, the First and Second rounds of the competition for Kwara North Senatorial District will hold from Monday 5th  to Tuesday 6th July, 2021 at the Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba in Baruten Local Government Area and Kwara State College of Education, Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area respectively.

Similarly, the First and Second rounds of the competition scheduled to hold in the Kwara South Senatorial District come up on Thursday, 8th July 2021 at the Anglican Grammar School, Omupo, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State.

For the Kwara Central Senatorial District schedule, participants will converge at the KW-IRS CBT Centre, Trillium School Compound, Irewolede Road, Ilorin on Monday 12th July 2021 for the First and Second rounds, while the Semi-final and Final stages of the competition come up on Thursday 4th November 2021 in Ilorin, the State capital.

Participating schools are by this notice reminded that the Tax Quiz Competition for Rounds One and Two shall be Computer Based Test (CBT) and the Semi-Final and Final stages will be physically conducted with all Covid-19 safety protocols adhered to strictly.

Participants are advised to check the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service official website (irs.kw.gov.ng) and the tax club portal (taxclub.irs.kw.gov.ng) for more details on schools’ grouping and schedule of the competition.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
26/6/2021

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KWASU, KW-IRS MEET, INAUGURATE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE FOR MUTUAL PARTNERSHIP

The Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor Muhammed Akanbi (SAN), and his Management team, on Tuesday 22nd June 2021, paid a courtesy visit to the Corporate Head Office of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service ( KW-IRS), in Ilorin, to further complement the already existing mutual relationship between both institutions of government.

The visiting team, led by Prof. Akanbi, SAN, was received by the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, in the company of the Directors and management staff of the Service.

The Vice-Chancellor KWASU, noted that the visit to KW-IRS was reciprocal and a formal way of expressing appreciation to the agency for the exceptional productive relationship that exists between both bodies over the years, while commending the host for a warm reception.

Rolling out the essence of the visit on behalf of the institution, the Director, Institute of Professional and Continuous Education, KWASU, Dr. Mubaraq Sanni, disclosed, that, discussing ways to further partner with KW-IRS on various available newly introduced courses on taxation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the institution, participation of KW-IRS staff in the Tax Academy programs being coordinated by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) currently housed by KWASU, developmental and capacity building training are important to the meeting.

Dr. Mubaraq added that the visit was also to create an opportunity for KWASU to benefit in the Community Impact Programs of KW-IRS, particularly in the area of sponsoring Professorial Chair at the institution as obtainable in other States in the country, appealing to the KW-IRS Boss to accept the seat in due time.

Dr. Mubaraq seeks the implementation of a tax credit infrastructural scheme for the institution with a view of having profiting corresponding benefits for being a tax-compliant institution, among several other benefits that could aid the efficient running of the institution.

In the strategic and partnership plans of the institution, some other presentations at the meeting were consideration of concessional tax arrangement, promotion of collaborative efforts towards learning and character development for inmates at the various correctional centres and facilities in Kwara State as a way of changing prisoners’ orientation and preparing them for community reintegration.

In her response, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, expressed her appreciation to the visiting team and assured that the agency remains committed to its sole responsibility of revenue administration for the strategic development of the State and readiness to work closely with KWASU, just as with every other agencies and institutions in the State, towards promoting excellence and achieving the developmental goals of the Abdulrahman AbdulRazak led administration.

Omoniyi said requests, as highlighted by the institution, are well noted and measures required to making them happen in the shortest period of time, in forms of advocacies and necessary influence would be made.

The KW-IRS boss reiterated that the Service runs its activities within the monthly subvention been given, just like any other agencies of government in the State, but will not stop to continue to use her good office and all within her power to facilitate the deployment of infrastructures that will assist the institution in and in turn improve revenue generation for the State.

She assured continued partnership towards the progress and development of the State.

The meeting, however, called for the constitution of a 7-man technical committee from the two bodies to address various issues of concerns raised, in a bid to finding mutual beneficial relationship.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS and Vice-Chancellor, KWASU, selected and inaugurated the 7-man committee, which consisted four members from KWASU and three members from KW-IRS.

They are the Bursar, KWASU, Mohammed Abubakar Sani; Director, KWASU Business School, Prof. Kenneth Adeyemi;
Director, Institute of Professional and Continuous Education, KWASU,
Dr. Mubaraq Sanni; and
Director, Investment & Consultancy KWASU,
 Dr. Rahman Mustapha.

From the KW-IRS, are the Director, Admin and Operations, Olatunji Balogun, Head, Institutions, Ayodeji Koledade, Area Coordinator, Moro, Aliu Adebayo.

The 7-man technical committee is to be chaired by the Director, KWASU Business School, Professor Kenneth Adeyemi and is expected to come up with comprehensive strategic plans to actualizing all concerns put forward and partnership models for both KW-IRS and KWASU.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS.
22nd June 2021

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OLUPO OF AJASE-IPO

The Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, ( KW-IRS) felicitate with the newly appointed Olupo of Ajase-Ipo, His Royal Highness, Oba (Barr). Ismail Bolaji Yahaya Muhammed Atoloye Alebiosu, the entire people of Ajase Ipo kingdom and environs.

It is our prayer that your reign, be long and peaceful. The Almighty Allah will guide and provide you with required wisdom to steer the affairs of the ancient Ajase-Ipo community to an enviable position.

We wish you long life on the throne of your forefathers.

Oye a mori o!

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
22/6/2021

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