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KW-IRS hosts Commercial Transport Workers Stakeholders on Voluntary Compliance of Road Taxes

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) organized a sensitization program for commercial road users on the voluntary compliance of road taxes and other related matters.

The sensitization program was held in Offa, Offa Local government area of Kwara State today Monday, 24 February 2020.

The stakeholders’ engagement meeting held at the KW-IRS’s Motor Licensing Authority office in Offa was in collaboration with various security agencies and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Barrister Lukman Mustapha of the Legal and Compliance Directorate who represented KW-IRS, said, the essence of the stakeholder’s engagement was to sensitize road users especially commercial transport workers on the need to pay their relevant taxes as stipulated by law promptly. 

He also added that the sensitization became paramount so as to enable the revenue officials to understand the challenges of the people and to also take feedbacks for further flexible tax administration in the State. 

At the interactive session, issues raised by Union Heads, and representatives include the issuance of backdated Personal Income Tax (PIT) receipt by the revenue agency, cost of renewal of number plates, issuance of driver’s license and replacement of old number plates.

In response, Barrister Lukman cleared that PIT payment and receipt issuance are usually done in arrears which inclined that the previous year will always reflect on any genuine receipt issued by the revenue agency.

He also said the cost of procuring a new number plate is fixed by the State government and any subsequent review will also be done by them as the appropriate authority. 

The representatives of the security agencies also admonished motorists and road users on the need to pay their road taxes promptly and remain security conscious by reporting any unregistered and illegal motorists for an improved security system in Offa and across the State. 

Barrister Lukman in his closing remarks promised the commercial motorists a cordial relationship at all times and assured that their various concerns will be lodged appropriately and positive feedback will be communicated to them through their heads in due course.

KW-TV Pays Courtesy Visit to KW-IRS

In a quest for further collaboration with Kwara State’s sole revenue collection agency, KW-IRS, the management staff of the Kwara State Television Authority (KWTV) visited the agency’s corporate head office on 20th February 2020.

Received by the Service’s Executive Chairman, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi and its Corporate Affairs crew, the seven-man team included the Corporate Secretary, Qudus Sambo Olanrewaju; Engineering Manager, Oyebanji S. Adebayo; Chief Auditor, Mrs. Olatunji Sherifat; among others.

While extending a warm welcome to her guests, Mrs. Omoniyi kept them up-to-date on new trends in Kwara State Internal Revenue Service especially the establishment of new Area offices in various local government areas of the state. This reformation which took effect in January 2020 was solely embarked on to stop leakages of revenue and extend the Service’s coverage to the grassroots.

Tabled at the meeting by the visiting team was the media house’s need for KW-IRS to mediate between them and the state government in their pursuit of the provision of new microwave equipment. Mr. Olanrewaju bemoaned the state of KWTV’s transmitting signal which had been damaged by a thunderstorm.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS promised to support them through advocacy for the release of funds already included for KWTV in Kwara State’s budget. She encouraged staff of the KWTV to uphold prudency and accountability as this would help in facilitating the process. She acknowledged the importance of microwave technology, noting that an improved signal would invariably increase the patronage of KWTV.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Oba Yunus Kolawole expressed in-depth gratitude to Mrs. Omoniyi for her attentiveness to the KWTV management team and assured her that her kind gesture of providing advocacy will be well reciprocated. He emphasized KWTV’s willingness to collaborate with KW-IRS in its quest for improved and efficient revenue administration.

Courtesy Visit from the Kwara State Weightlifters Association to the Executive Chairman KW-IRS

A team of sportsmen led by the Director of Sports, Kwara State, Mr Tunde Kazeem, on 18th of February, paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs Shade Omoniyi.

The team made up of some executive members of Kwara State Weightlifters Association, Chief Dr Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah, and Chief (Mrs) Ruth Ogbeifo- Balofi, founder of Ruth Ogbeifo-Balofin Community Project (ROBCOP); visited with the intent of soliciting for the support of the Service, as well as the Kwara State Government in the joint initiative of the Association and ROBCOP to establish a National Weightlifting Centre in Kwara.

Dr. Ajunwa-Oparah, who is the first African woman to win a medal in weightlifting at the Olympic Games, in her remarks reiterated the need for the Service’s support in this laudable project as it will bring more development and awareness to the State which will also be of benefit to Kwarans and other people at large.

Chief (Mrs) Ruth Ogbeifo-Balofin, an indigene of Delta State who grew up in Ilorin, Kwara State expressed her willingness to give back to the society by helping to discover young weightlifters and giving them a chance to be better by providing world-class weight lifting facilities that will help develop their skills.

The KW-IRS EC welcomed and thanked them all for the visit. She expressed her interest in the development of the project and her belief that a National Weightlifting Centre in Kwara will bring exposure to the State and help improve new talents in the weightlifting.

Future Leaders Schools Visit KW-IRS

The senior students of Future Leaders Schools, Ilorin paid a courtesy visit to the Corporate Head Office of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on Wednesday, 12th February 2020.

The students, in the company of their teachers, were received by Miss Yetunde Elegboja who represented the Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Mr. Temi Kolawole. Miss Elegboja gave the guests a brief overview of the Service, highlighting its statutory functions and responsibilities as a revenue-generating agency as established in the Kwara State Revenue Administration Law in 2015.

The students, during the interactive session, expressed enthusiasm to become tax administrators should they have the opportunity to work with the Service in the future. The session also featured questions and answers session, where the students were furnished with comprehensive details about the Service, its organogram and revenue generation strategies.

After the interactive session, the students were shown around the two phases of the KW-IRS office. They met various Department and Directorate Heads who also offered them words of counsel and guidance for their future endeavors. The courtesy visit was rounded up with a group photograph at the Phase 1 Office of KW-IRS.

Shade Omoniyi Visits Landmark University

A team from Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), led by the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, paid a visit to Landmark University on the 5th of February, 2020. The visitation was primarily to discuss some tax-related matters with the institution given its position as one of the Service’s major taxpayers.

The team was received by the institution’s Registrar, Fola Funke Oyinloye who introduced the principal officers of the University present at the roundtable meeting while KW-IRS’s Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Temi Kolawole also introduced his team.

Omoniyi, in her address congratulated the wife of the Chancellor, Mrs Faith Oyedepo on her birthday celebration and reiterated that  the purpose of the visit was to keep the institution abreast of new developments initiated by KW-IRS for Quality Service Delivery.

At the top of the list as stated by Omoniyi is the establishment of new area offices envisioned to cover all local governments in the state in order to ensure that the taxation system has proximity to taxpayers.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adeniyi Olagunju appreciated the KW-IRS team for the visit and the viable initiative. He informed them of the university’s specifics which is based on agricultural practices, its vision and core values in relation to taxation with quotes from the bible and assured the Executive Chairman that necessary steps will be taken to resolve the tax-related issues highlighted.

He also promised that the institution will continue to work with the Service by being compliant as a way of improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

Executive Chairman Shade Omoniyi Makes Courtesy Tour to Kwara South Senatorial District: Ajase Ipo, Igbaja, Omu-Aran, Ilofa, and Osi.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi alongside some staff of the Service made a tour through towns in Kwara South Senatorial District yesterday.

The tour was to pay homage to the traditional rulers within the district and also to solicit more support and continuous cooperation in the revenue drive. The courtesy call started at Ajase Ipo through to Igbaja, Omu-Aran, Ilofa, and Osi.

The tour was also aimed at creating a sort of familiarization with the district heads as new area offices are being instituted within the vicinities.

It was equally a means of reaching people at the grass-root to know their challenges and how their needs can be met which can serve as a means of improvement for the state.

The Executive Chairman also pleaded with the Obas to advise the people on timely renewal of vehicle particulars, change of old plate number to new, prompt payment of land use charge and tenement rate by landowners, and Personal Income Tax (PIT) by marketers and artisans.

She solicited for support and assistance in the Revenue drive in order to have enough funds to support the works and agendas of His Excellency, the Executive Governor ranging from infrastructure development such as the construction of roads, drainages e.t.c. to provisions of social amenities in the State.

She spoke on the redeployment of Staff to each district in order to build a relationship with the citizens and also enhance revenue collections. She explained further that the Revenue collectors are now closer to the people as they are indigenes of each district.

Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq Presents Year 2020 Appropriation Bill to KWHA

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Mrs. Shade Omoniyi was in attendance at the Hollow Chamber of Kwara State House of Assembly on Wednesday 18th December 2019 during the presentation of the year 2020 Appropriation Bill by the Executive Governor of Kwara State Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq.

In his opening remarks, Governor AbdulRahman expressed appreciation for the support received from the State’s House of Assembly and Kwarans in general since he took over office in May 2019.

The Governor said the Appropriation Bill he presented to the House of Assembly themed “Budget of Reconstruction and Reformation of Kwara State” detailed roadmaps which his administration will ply in its journey in the next financial year (2020).

Governor AbdulRahman stated that parts of the highlights of the proposed 2020 Appropriation Bill included underlaying assumptions,revenue projections and  sectorial analysis amongst others. He said the proposed Appropriation Bill for the year 2020 is estimated at One Hundred and Sixty-two billion Naira only (N162bn) with 47% budgetted for recurrent expenditure and 53% to be expended on capital expenditure.

Governor AbdulRahman further explained in his presentation that the proposed 2020 budget is a deliberate attempt to invest in the future and growth of the State’s economy through critical infrastructure and human capital development.

He also mentioned that as part of the uniqueness of the proposed year 2020 budget is an opening balance of Seven billion Naira (N7bn) or 4.3% of the budget proposal that was saved by his administration over the last seven months on assumption of office as the Executive Governor of Kwara State.

The Governor said the key highlights of the 2020 budget is the construction of Kwara State Innovative Hub which is aimed to further assist creative minds in the State and prepare them for the 24th century challenges. He stated that his administration also intends to build new production factories, resusitate moribund factories, construct rural and urban roads and also ensure that the renovation of public schools are carried out next year.

Governor AbdulRahman also stated that the proposed budget also caters for expansion of revenue generation of the State through blockage of leakages in order to reduce State’s depence on federal allocation, capacity building for efficiency, training and retraining of school teachers, renovation of hospitals and health care centres, provision of modern and medical laboratory equipments and implementation of the Kwara State Health Insurance Scheme, creation of E-Auditing and E-Governance, implementation of State Social Investment Program to tackle poverty and support small businesses, rehabilitation of court rooms, rehabilitation of sports facilities at the stadium complex, procurement of vehicles for Honourable members of the State House of Assembly, active promotion of culture and tourism, and promotion of agricultural mechanization programmes amongst others.

In his closing address, he re-emphasized that his administration is committed to serve Kwarans and urged the Honourable House of Assembly members to continue to work closely with his administration and ensure the passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill in due course. 

Earlier, the Honourable Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Saliu Danladi expressed confidence that the 2020 proposed Appropriation Bill presented by Governor AbdulRahman will be implementable, realistic and assured that the Honouable members will work assidiously to ensure the speedy passage of the budget for the benefit of Kwarans. He said he is fully aware that adequate attention will have been given to major sectors of the State’s economy in the Bill in order to ensure that the entire contents of the Bill is implementable and also have direct socio-economic impact on the lives of Kwarans.

Mrs. Omoniyi while speaking with journalists at the end of the budget presentation expressed optimism over the proposed budget sum and its provision by Governor AbdulRahman. She described the Governor as an administrator per excellence and an individual who understands the basic needs of Kwarans and always ready to improve their lives.

She explained that the proposed fiscal plan for the year 2020 as designed by Governor AbdulRahman is an holistic financial measures that will not only bring development to the economy of the State but will also have direct bearing on the lives on Kwarans based on the fact that it has covered and made positive provisions for the major sectors in the State. However, the KW-IRS Chairman appealed to the leadership of the Kwara State House of Assembly and the Honourable members for speedy passage of the Bill in order to meet its’ set targets next year.

Tax brings about Social and Economic Development- Olofa of Offa

As part of ongoing efforts towards Tax Advocacy and compliance the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs Shade Omoniyi, along with some Management and staff of KW-IRS visited the palace of Olofa of Offa HRM Oba Muftau Oloyede Gbadamosi Okikiola Esuwoye II today. In attendance was Chief Mrs Wosilat Tinuke Macarthy, the Bobaselu of Offa who also doubles as SSA and Special Duties to HRM, Prince Tunji Oyawoye, Chief of Staff, Olofa Palace.

Mrs Shade intimated the new plans she has in place for revenue mobilization which includes the opening of new Area Offices to ensure that everyone is able to pay their tax conveniently. She also stated that starting 1st January 2020, each Local Government will be managed by separate officers.

She referred to the rehabilitation of schools as one of the highlights of the 2020 appropriation bill, construction of roads sighting Opopo road in Offa as an example of efforts being made by the government. She thereby pleaded for assistance from HRM to help appeal to the people to pay their taxes so the monies collected will be well utilized for other needed social amenities

The Olofa appreciated the Governor in absential for his good intentions towards the people and prayed his tenure and hard work will be in ease. He further assured his continuous assistance and support where and when necessary. He also pleaded that the construction of Taiwo Road, Offa should be looked into with the help of the same contractor that did that of Opopo Road as the work done was superb.

He encouraged the Executive Chairman and the team to continually create an avenue for taxpayers to air their views and be duly informed on the importance of paying all forms of revenue.

Kwara North is fully in support of KW-IRS – Etsu of Patigi

In a bid to further solicit more support to boost revenue mobilization and to improve the socio-economic development of Kwara State, the Executive Chairman KW-IRS, Mrs Shade Omoniyi paid a visit to the Etsu of Patigi.

The Etsu of Patigi who also doubles as Vice-Chairman Kwara State Council of Emir and Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Bologi II warmly received the KW-IRS team at his palace today.

The effort was to seek further assistance from the Etsu to help appeal to the people for the Revenue drive in entirety and other specifics such as (Fulani) Jangali collection.

Mrs. Shade Omoniyi expressed the effort of His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman’s towards providing and improving the social amenities of the Kwara North citizens.

She also stressed on putting a human face to the operations of the KW-IRS in order to ensure a tax-friendly State and to further automate the collection processes to block all forms of leakages.

The Executive Chairman also stated that the Service is doing its best to get closer to the people by creating more Area offices in each Local Government Areas across the State; Patigi is one of such locations and it will be opened come 1st January, 2020.

The Etsu welcomed the team and appreciated the Governor’s concerns towards the Kwara Northerners. His Eminence promised his assistance where necessary towards the Revenue drive across Patigi and its environs.

He also stated that he is aware of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) registration and has also been duly registered. He encouraged everyone to also register in due course.

Executive Chairman KW-IRS, Mrs Shade Omoniyi, Visits the Emir of Ilorin.

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Mrs. Shade Omoniyi paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin His Royal Highness Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, (CFR) at his palace today.

The purpose of the visit was to solicit continuous support of the Emir and the good people of Kwara. While delivering her speech, she accorded the Emir the highest regards and thanked him for his immense support to KW-IRS since inception. She also highlighted that the Service is focused on adding human face in its operations to ensure a tax friendly society. The Executive Chairman also stated that the Service is currently automating its processes which will block leakages, and assist the Government in achieving Social and Economic Growth.

The Emir in his response, thanked her for coming with her team and stated that the Emirate believes so much in the Collection of Revenue for the state due to the fact that the Palace was saddled with the responsibility of collecting revenue for the State in the past. He implored the Executive Chairman to ensure that the Service helps the economy of the state to grow so the citizenry will be gainfully employed which in turn will increase the wealth of the State. In his concluding remarks, he assured the Executive Chairman of his continuous support and contribution to the Development of Kwara State as a whole.

The Executive Chairman alongside some Management Staff expressed their delight with the warmth reception the Emir accorded them and also assured His Eminence that the organization will focus on the major core function of the Service which is Revenue Mobilization.

Citizens Inclusiveness Paramount for our Success – Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Informal Sector pays a Courtesy visit to Mandate Market

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

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

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

NAPPS Applaudes KW-IRS for Support: Seeks Continuous Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artisans’ Congress Pays Courtesy Visit to KW-IRS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Release on the Kwara Citizenship Certificate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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