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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.

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