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KW-IRS SHOWS CONTINUOUS SUPPORT TO EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE INFORMAL SECTOR.

As a follow-up to palliative distributed to the Informal Sector during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on Monday 6th June 2020 extended her gestures to the Executive Members of the following associations: National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Kwara State Chapter, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), and Joint Okada Riders Association.

Mr. Temi Kolawole, Head Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS who represented the Service, in his address, welcomed the representatives of the associations and said the gesture is to appreciate and show some support during this period.

Also in attendance were; Mrs. Maimunat Amasa, Head Informal Department, Members of the various associations; Alhaji Abdulrasaq Adeoye Ariwoola, Chairman of NURTW; Alhaji Abdulrahman Olayinka Onikijipa, Chairman of RTEAN; Mr. Gabriel Ajewole, Chairman of Joint Okada Riders Association and Mr. Abdullahi Sa’ad the Babaloja General of Kwara State.

Each of the association appreciated the kind gesture and thanked the Service for extending the Covid-19 Palliative to them during this period and a group photograph was taken.

Shade Omoniyi, Executive Chairman KW-IRS Visits University of Ilorin.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi alongside some management staff of the Service on 18th June 2020 made a courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem. Also in attendance were the principal officers of the University, Dr. Fola Olowoleni, Registrar; Mr. Hakeem Sonde, Bursar; Mr. AbdulGaniyu Olaniyan, Deputy Bursar; and Mr. Toyin Bamgboye, Deputy Registrar. 

The visit was to strengthen the bond between the Service and the University. The Executive Chairman in her speech thanked the VC for welcoming them and also the University for being one of the Institutions that has been instrumental to the growth of revenue in the State. 

Mrs. Shade Omoniyi intimated the University on the advantage of fleet registration of their vehicles which allows some discounted rates rather than individual registration. She also stated that the stamp duty and WHT, for non-limited liabilities companies should be remitted to the State IRS. In her concluding speech, she mentioned the need to ensure other business ventures within the school premises are being captured into the tax net to ensure the right tax is being remitted to the Service.

Professor Age, in his response, thanked the Executive Chairman and her team for coming and requested that if possible, there should be some level of tax relief for business owners in the University premises as this would enable Staff and Students to have less burden and be able to purchase the commodities or afford services rendered.

Also, he implored the Executive Chairman to grant the university some sort of incentive by reducing the rates of all forms of revenue gotten from the University. 

Dr. Fola Olowoleni, the Registrar appreciated the EC and her team and finally made the presentation of gifts on behalf of the University.

Informal Sector: KW-IRS Visits ERCAAN for PIT Payment Flag Off

The Head of Department, Informal Sector Department under the Income Tax Directorate of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Mrs. Maimunat Amasa led her team to the Estate Rent and Commission Agent’s Association of Nigeria (ERCAAN) Kwara State Branch for the official flag-off of collection of Personal Income Tax (PIT) from members of the Association.

Mrs. Amasa in her opening remarks at the event extended gratitude to the Chairman of the Association for his exemplary skills and commended him for his ability to appeal to members of the Association on the significance of being tax compliant while further emphasizing on the need for a continuous and more beneficial relationship between both bodies.

She also assured that the Service will protect the interest of the members of the Association and ensure they receive due attention as an indicator of a productive partnership between both bodies as and when due. 

The State Chairman, Estate Rent, and Commission Agent’s Association of Nigeria (ERCAAN) Kwara State Branch, Hon. Wasiu Tunde Olayanju (E.F.A) in his response commended the KW-IRS for the earnest reception and mutual partnership opportunities provided to the Association through a series of consultations held at the Service’s head office.

Hon. Olayanju also assured that zonal chairmen and designated members of the Association will collect the levy on behalf of the Association and remit to the KW-IRS. He launched the flag-off exercise with the payment of his PIT at the event and assured that executives and members of the Association will follow suit respectively. 

He charged KW-IRS as a socially responsible agency to continue on its part to assist the Association and the State in general with the provision of basic social amenities that will make livelihood bearable to the citizens of the state.

Highlights of the event include the presentation of payment receipts to members of the Association by Mrs. Amasa and group photograph with the Exco’s of the Association and Staff of the KW-IRS. 

KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi visits Ilorin FIRS’s Office

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Shade Omoniyi in the company of some management staff visited the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Ilorin Government Business Tax Office (GBTO) on Tuesday 16th June 2020 for an official familiarization and discussion of Revenue related issues at both the Federal and State levels. 

The Tax Controller, FIRS Ilorin Office, Mr. Taofik Agbabiaka who received the KW-IRS’s team along with various Heads of Units and Departments of the Service commended the decision of the KW-IRS Executive Chairman for the visit which will provide both agencies the opportunity of addressing lingering revenue related matters.

The Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, in her address during the familiarization visit said she has always envisaged a mutually beneficial relationship with the Ilorin FIRS office since she assumed office and has looked forward to the meeting.

She assured that the KW-IRS as a revenue-generating agency in the State is willing to foster a smooth and cordial relationship with the FIRS as a sister agency through the provision of both short and long term solutions to all forms of existing revenue-related issues between both parties to thrive together and collectively boost the IGR of the country.

In response, the Ilorin FIRS Tax Controller on behalf of his team at the GBTO expressed gratitude to the KW-IRS visiting team and promised to facilitate needed services towards providing solutions to all the bottlenecks highlighted and the information gaps that have transpired between both agencies over the years.

Conclusively, both parties agreed on ways to simplify Revenue Collection and Administration which will make life better for the citizenry and bring about a high level of measurable progress in the economy.   

COVID-19: Kwara laments lockdown effect on IGR

Kwara State government has lamented the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic on internal revenue generation (IGR) in the state.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Thursday after the inauguration of the technical committee for the state consolidation of revenue codes and rates, the state commissioner for Finance and Planning, Mrs. Olasumbo Oyeyemi and the executive chairman of the state Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, said that the IGR had dwindled in recent time.

The governor’s aides, who said that the state government had identified the need to re-strategize its finances and revenue generation modules when normalcy returns, added that the state is currently aligning its spendings with available resources in the face of dwindling IGR and allocation from Abuja.

They said that operators of informal sectors, who are expected to generate the bulk of the revenue to the state government’s coffers, are affected by the lockdown and stay-at-home directives of the government aimed at checking the spread of the COVID-19.

They added that revenue generated from pay as you earn (PAYE) of the civil servants could not allow the agency to meet up with its average monthly target of N2.6 billion.

Speaking on the inauguration of the technical committee, the KWIRS boss, Mrs.Omoniyi said that the objective of the technical committee is to produce comprehensive and consolidated codes and rates for all the revenue (taxes, levies, fees, and rates) collected by the state government and accordingly ensure its enactment.

She stated that the purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate financial transparency and accountability to the people of Kwara State, which is the core objective of the SFTAS program.

In essence, what it means is that “people know exactly what to pay for and where to pay to” which makes revenue rates uniform with no hidden charges. Mrs. Shade Omoniyi stated that the task at hand is a weighty one and would require the cooperation of all the MDAs as well as the House of Assembly for its enactment. Thus, she implored all MDAs with revenue heads to cooperate with the Committee’s purpose for a better and transparent Kwara State.

Mrs. Oyeyemi reiterating the purpose of the technical Committee stated that members of the Committee were carefully selected based on their role and relevance to the Committee’ larger purpose. For efficiency and quick turn-around time, the Office of the Head of Service is to coordinate the MDAs, while the Ministry of Finance & Planning will collate the revenue rates and codes, Ministry of Justice as the law officer of the State and Kwara State Internal Revenue Service as the sole revenue collection Agency.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

KW-IRS Extends Voluntary Compliance Sensitization Tour to Share, Bode Saadu

In furtherance to the sensitization exercise initiated by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) for commercial transport workers on the voluntary compliance of road taxes, Personal Income Tax (PIT) and other related issues across the State.

The Legal and Compliance Directorate team led by Barrister Lukman Mustapha in the company of Area Coordinators visited Share and Bode Saadu in Ifelodun and Moro Local Government Areas respectively on Wednesday, 11th February 2020.

The aim was to engage well-meaning stakeholders and provide them with necessary guidelines for various payment processes as regards Road and other Taxes accruable to the State Government.

The sensitization program held at the respective Motor Licencing Offices in the Local Government Areas was done in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other security agencies.

In attendance were Executives and representatives of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Okada Riders Association and Tricycle Association in the localities.

Barrister Lukman emphasized that the essence of the sensitization program is to foster deliberate compliance of payments of all forms of road taxes, Personal Income Tax payment (PIT), validation and revalidation of documents of all forms of commercial automobile across the State.

He further charged the commercial transport workers to remain corporative with the revenue agency, security operatives and the FRSC by being security conscious and law-abiding especially while plying roads in the State.

He stated that commercial automobile users should obtain the new number plates as a directive from the Federal Government and to also endeavor that all vehicle documents, driver licenses, and rider permits are processed and acquired from the appropriate authorities.

Also speaking at the program, Head of Driver License Centre, Share, Route Commander S.A. Ore commended commercial motorists for their usual corporation with FRSC operatives in the area over the years.

He also appealed to the transporters to ensure they duly register their new and old vehicles at the appropriate offices and make plans to replace their old number plates with the new ones before the Federal Government authorizes legal enforcement on defaulters across the State.

S.A. Ore implore commercial drivers to ensure they obtain legit driver and riders licenses and permits at the designated offices to avoid unnecessary delay and embarrassment while carrying out their daily activities.

He added that the FRSC and KW-IRS will no longer renew old number plates for private and commercial purposes, charging all road users to comply with the new initiative for the security of lives and their properties.

In their separate responses, the representatives of the various commercial transport workers appreciated KW-IRS, FRSC and security agency for the recognition and the need for sensitization.

They assured that the keynotes of the interactive session will be relayed to their respective members and compliance will be achievable.

The Union leaders also pleaded with the enforcement team of the KW-IRS to exercise patience while members sort out payment plans for the acquisition of the new number plate, renewal of vehicle documents and payment of PIT. They charged the State government to extend road construction, rehabilitation and provision of needed social amenities to their respective locality while they also carry out their civic responsibilities.

KW-IRS Committed to Curb Spread of COVID-19

The safety and well being of our staff and esteemed taxpayers’ are of high priority to us at the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) during this COVID-19 pandemic. The disease that has claimed thousands of lives has affected the world economy and even brought about a total lockdown to business operations in some parts. Work operations have been restricted to only the essential services in Kwara State and the rest of the country.

As an ISO certified organization which ensures compliance with world best practices as well as the dictates of the government, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) through the activation of its Business Continuity Plan has put measures in place to ensure adequate control and containment of this pandemic within our offices. We advise our esteemed taxpayers’ and staff to ensure that the steps below are taken in line with WHO and NCDC guidelines:
• Wash your hands for 20 seconds every 20 minutes
• Maintain social distancing
• Avoid crowded places of more than 25 people
• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing most preferably with your flex elbow or a tissue. Ensure tissue is disposed immediately.
• Avoid traveling for now
• Self-isolate when down with symptoms such as headaches and running nose.

While hoping that this phase pass away in a short while, we wish to inform our esteemed taxpayers’ that some of our staff are still deployed in locations such as Kwara State Hospitals and Kwara State Water Corporation to ensure that essential services are accessed by Kwarans in this period.

We would encourage reaching us via our channels below for any questions or inquiries:

Website: www.kw-irs.com
Email: info@kw-irs.com
Phone: 0700MYKWIRS (07006959477)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KwaraIRS
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KwaraIRS

Let’s all be self-conscious and stay safe.

Shade Omoniyi Visits Baruten Communities; Ilesha Baruba, Gwanara, Okuta, and Yashikira

For ease of tax collections and familiarization with people at the Grassroots, the Executive Chairman Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Shade Omoniyi led a team of Management Staff to Baruten Environs for a two-day courtesy visit on the 10th to 11th March 2020.

The courtesy visit started at the palace of the Emir of Ilesha Baruba where the Head, Research Department, Mr. Mohammed Audu introduced the KW-IRS Team led by the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi to the Emir.

The Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi in her opening statement expressed her delight in the way the Emir warmly received the team. She went further by apologizing to the Emir for not visiting since her assumption of office in October 2019.

Shade Omoniyi however, stated the purpose of the visit amongst which were; to seek for support and guidance of the Royal Father, to intimate the Emir and the people of Ilesha Baruba on the decision of the Federal Government to ensure maximum compliance on the payment of Road Taxes.

She pleaded with the Emir to educate the people of Ilesha Baruba to renew their vehicle and driver’s licenses and try to change their old number plates to new ones and also appealed that the people should adhere strictly to this rule to avoid being enforced.

She also elucidated further by mentioning that the Service had since January created Area Offices across the 16 Local Government Areas of the State for ease of Tax Collection and sensitization across the State.

Subsequently, she introduced the Area Coordinator of Baruten Area Office (Abdulazeez Biriso) to the Emir and solicited the support of the Emir in ensuring the Area Coordinator fully actualizes his target which will, in turn, bring about specific developmental changes in the Community.

Shade Omoniyi, stated to the Emir that the Service is trying to partner with Immigration Service to know who moves in and out of the border through the Baruten Axis to have a track record of taxable business activities.

Speaking on, she spoke to the Artisans present at the palace to move closer to the Revenue Officers in their locality to have a smooth and clear understanding of Revenue payments.

The Emir, His Royal Highness, Prof. Halidu Abubakar, was very pleased with the Executive Chairman and her team for visiting his palace. He congratulated the Executive Chairman for a well-deserved appointment and wished her success in her assignment.

Prof. Halidu Abubakar expressed his contentment with the Administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the way by which taxation is being maximized.

In a lighter mood, he said being a Professor of Public Finance, he would have loved to take off his turban and start working as a tax professional like the Executive Chairman and her Team.

The Emir said Kwara seems to be the first state in the Northern Region to start a full-fleshed Internal Revenue Service which is quite commendable.

He emphasized that he is not going to talk as a Traditional Ruler but rather as an observer stating that Traditional rulers play a vital role in the collection of Taxes because if there is no support from them, the collection might be difficult.

His Royal Highness also stated that he is indeed elated that the Service has recognized advocacy as the major tool for ease of revenue collections.

He mentioned that the Collection of Personal Income Tax alongside under taxes is given utmost attention by seeking more support from the Traditional Leaders who must sincerely buy into the Government’s effort.

In his closing remarks, he specified that there is no way we can have a responsible government without taxation because the economy is based on people’s effort and not the oil boom. However, he wished the Governor a productive tenure that will bring great change to the state. 

The next stop was the Palace of the Emir of Gwanara, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Sabi Idris (OFR) who was very glad to have the Executive Chairman and her team visit his palace.

Shade Omoniyi expressed her sincere apologies for not visiting the Emir earlier as she had some high demands on her new assignment as she assumed office. She, therefore, sought the support of the Emir and the good people of Gwanara.

The Executive Chairman also reiterated the importance of moving closer to the people and ensuring that all forms of revenue are collected as and when due. The Area Coordinator of Baruten Area Office, Abdulazeez Biriso was also introduced to the Emir alongside his cabinet members.

In her statement, she affirmed the support of the Government to the people of Kwara North and also mentioned that the Service in its little way will continue to support the people of Gwanara according to the capacity of the Service.

The spokesperson to the Emir (the Secretary of the Emirate Council), expressed their gratitude on behalf of the Emir, to the KW-IRS Team for the visit.

He assured that the people of Gwanara will continue by all means possible to support the Government led by AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in ensuring that all forms of revenue from their end comes into the government coffers to ensure the desired growth and development.

The Emir affirmed that the Country lacks organization in general but KW-IRS structure remains one of the best in terms of quality of Service delivery, consistency, conducive working environment and top professionals which is unarguably a standard that other states must follow.

He thanked the Executive Chairman and her team for the kind gesture and wished them a high level of productivity in their revenue drive.

Shortly after, the visit for day one ended at the palace of the Emir of Okuta, His Royal Highness, Hon. (Dr.) Alhaji Idris Sero Abubakar, where the Executive Chairman started by apologizing for not coming since her assuming office in October 2019.

Shade Omoniyi, solicited for the Emir’s support to deliver the message of Taxation to the community and to admonish the people on the importance of prompt payment of taxes.

The Executive Chairman Introduced the Area Coordinator to the Emir and told the Emir that the payment of Road Taxes as become necessary and of high importance in the state.

She, therefore, pleaded with the Emir to sensitize his people to renew their vehicle license and all other documents required to ply the road.

She further reiterated that for applicants whose parents are salary earners are to pay 2500 while those whose parents are self-employed are to pay an additional sum of 1500 being the cost of PIT which will now total 4000. Any other additional cost is not for the KW-IRS.

The Emir was so appreciative of the visit and expressed his gratitude. He mentioned that since the inception of KW-IRS, the sensitization process was to send the field officers to come to the palace and none of the Top officials of the Service deemed it fit to visit.

He, therefore, commended the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi and her team for such a brilliant initiative. He assured her of his full support and commitment to the mobilization of Revenue in the State.

On arrival to the Palace of the Emir of Yashikira, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Usman Sariki, on the 11th March 2020, the opening prayer was said by the Imam of Yashkira after which the introduction of the guest was done by Mr. Mohammed Audu the Head of Research Department at KW-IRS.

Mohammed Audu shared an insight into the purpose of the visit which is primarily to seek the Emirate’s support for the advancement of the State’s economy.

The Emir who was unavoidably absent was represented by the Queen mother, Hajia Salimata “The Yon Kogi of Yashkira. Ayuba Idris the Aboki Sarki introduced the representatives of the Emir at the palace.

Shade Omoniyi appreciated the cabinet and told them the major reason for the courtesy visit which was to solicit for support, she requested that the Queen Mother should help talk to the people at the grassroots the importance of paying taxes.

She introduced Abdulazeez Biriso as the Area Coordinator of the Baruten Area Office and told them to relate any tax-related issues with him.

Shade Omoniyi expressed her happiness seeing so many women at the palace, pointing out the fact that the Governor has put more women in his cabinet. She also mentioned that whenever we get women involved with things it gets done.

The Queen Mother appreciated the Chairman and her team for their visit, she prayed that Allah will take them safely back to their base. She assured the Executive Chairman that they are going to give 100 percent support to do whatever KW-IRS wants. She also said that she wants the Government to help the women. She mentioned that the Women should be empowered in their Community and she wished the Executive Chairman success in her assignment.

SWIT Visits KW-IRS Executive Chairman

The Executives of Society of Women In Taxation (SWIT) led by the 1st Vice National Coordinator, Dr. Biola Adimula visited the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS Shade Omoniyi at the Corporate Head Office, Ilorin on Wednesday 5th March 2020.

Dr. Adimula stated clearly during the visit that the essence of the courtesy call is to ensure KW-IRS’s involvement in activities of the SWIT through occupying important positions; readiness to assist the State government in revenue generation and continuous tax advocacy.

She also emphasized the need for Kwarans to express readiness in performing their civic responsibilities for the development of the State at all times.

Adimula said for further cordial relationship between the agency and the association, more sponsorship should be approved for the staff of the KW-IRS who are also members of  SWIT to attend the forthcoming scheduled conferences.

In her separate response, the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi extended her appreciation to the Executives of the Association for deeming the visit necessary.

She expressed that the Service will ensure the promotion of a smooth relationship between both parties for even development across the board.

She said the Association’s request over sponsorship of conferences for KW-IRS staff will be critically examined and prompt response will be communicated appropriately.

KW-IRS Prioritises Education: UNILORIN Tax Club; NANS Visit

The Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, on the 5th March 2020, hosted young tax enthusiasts from the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Tax Club and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the Service’s corporate head office.

The 4-man team from UNILORIN Tax Club comprising of Musa Olalekan Kalejaiye (President), Abdulqauddus Olanrewaju Sanni (Vice President), Abiodun Quadri Adekanye (Financial Secretary), and Faheedat Olabisi Balogun (Assistant General Secretary) were warmly received. 

The President of the UNILORIN Tax Club while speaking in his opening remarks, expressed their gratitude towards the Executive Chairman for the opportunity to meet her and the support they have received so far.

KW-IRS’ Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Temi Kolawole introduced both parties and the interactive session started with an articulate presentation by Kalejaiye. Highlights of the presentation were the Club’s journey so far since its inception and the 2020 blueprint.

The Club’s president noted that one of their major activities, the Ilorin Tax Walk, carried out in collaboration with KW-IRS staff, has largely accomplished its purpose to interact with taxpayers, know their grievances and solve some tax administration problems.

He, therefore, sought the Service’s support in their future undertakings as this would go a long way in equipping the young tax enthusiasts and also improve the level of awareness across the State.

He highlighted that the club’s approach is to tax advocacy is to educate, facilitate and innovate, and also stated that its National Tax Colloquium, tax education, and tax competition are primarily targeted at raising a generation of tax enthusiasts.

Similarly, NANS was ably represented by nine executive members; some of whom were Salaman Wasiu (Chairman), Abdulrauph Ibraheem (Vice Chairman, Academic) and Oyebode Toluwase Loveth (Vice Chairman, Special Duties).

During their courtesy visit, the association thanked the KW-IRS Executive Chairman for the opportunity to see her and equally commended her on the positive transformation witnessed in the Service so far.

Wasiu stated that the central aim of their visit was to strengthen the existing relationship between their association and KW-IRS.

He equally requested KW-IRS’s sponsorship in its Entrepreneurship Competition, its welfare plan for students across six higher institutions, as well as the association’s news bulletin one of which was gifted to the Executive Chairman.

Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, in her response during the different sessions with the teams of youngsters, expressed her delight in engaging with students. She emphasized that educating the younger generation is key and as such, education has been incorporated as one of the Service’s 6 E’s

While applauding the executive members of the UNILORIN Tax Club for their vast knowledge of taxation, she acknowledged that having young people interested in taxation will make work easier for revenue administrators.

In her motherly manner, she admonished the groups to seek out other stakeholders who would promote their causes. She asserted that it was KW-IRS’ responsibility and the Service is ready to support them within the ambit possible.

Familiarization Visit: KW-IRS and Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa Meet

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), in its trip to some esteemed taxpayers in Offa, made a stop at Kwara State College of Health Technology on Wednesday, 4th March 2020.

The Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Mr. Temi Kolawole introduced the KW-IRS Team comprising of the Executive Chairman, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi; Mr. Lateef Okandeji (Director of Legal and Compliance), Mrs. Omolara Ojulari (Ag. Head, Accounts and Finance) and some Management Staff.

The College Registrar, Mr. Saliman Ayodeji equally introduced other present principal officers of the college including the new Provost, Alhaji Abdulrauf Aliyu; the Deputy Provost (Academics), Saka Alada; the Bursar, Joshua Ajani; and the Accountant, Musiliu Oyewo.

Alhaji Aliyu, while welcoming the guests, noted that the college was compliant in terms of tax payment and anticipated a better working relationship with the Service. 

He furthermore bemoaned the institution’s plight, stating that since they received no subvention from the government, education was more or less a social service for the college.

In her response, the KW-IRS Executive Chairman reiterated that since there was an existing good relationship, the focus now was to move their synergy to the next level.

She asserted that KW-IRS was in the position and equally has the intention of assisting them in boosting the college’s revenue generation since such collaborative effort will culminate in higher collection for KW-IRS.

Also, Mrs. Omoniyi appealed that more support should be given to the Head of Institutions, Mr. Ayodeji Koledade. 

While lamenting how under-deduction and under-remittance have negatively affected Kwara State’s internal generation of revenue, she implored the management of the health technology college to curb this if it exists within the system.

She also stated that to facilitate the revenue collection process, KW-IRS’ services have been brought closer to taxpayers. Unlike before when only one officer was responsible for both Offa and Oyun local governments, there is now a new area office solely for Offa. 

The Executive Chairman indicated that the area coordinator, Mr. Femi Oguntokun would be working closely with them to ensure seamless tax administration.

Mr. Alada, in his vote of thanks, expressed gratitude for the visit. While applauding the Service’s devotion towards the growth of Kwara State through revenue generation, he prayed that God will continue to guide them aright.

Breaking the Ice: KW-IRS Visits Federal Polytechnic Offa

In a bid to get closer to its highest-paying taxpayers and create a seamless tax administration process, Kwara State’s revenue-generating agency, KW-IRS visited the Federal Polytechnic Offa on Wednesday, 4th March 2020.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi led the team and was accompanied by Mr. Lateef Okandji (Director Legal and Compliance), Mrs. Omolara Ojulari (Acting Head, Accounts and Finance), Mr. Sunday Agbana (Acting Head, Income Tax) Temi Kolawole (Head, Corporate Affairs) and some Members of the Management Team.

The Director of Protocol at the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Mr. Olayinka introduced the Principal Officers of the Polytechnic and the Head of Corporate Affairs Department at KW-IRS, Mr. Temi Kolawole also did same by introducing the KW-IRS Team.

However, the purpose of the visit, as pointed out by Shade Omoniyi, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), was to break the ice and stop the tradition of under-deduction and under-remittance.

In a brief welcome address, the institution’s Rector, Dr. Lateef Ademola Olatunji, expressed his delight at receiving the team from KW-IRS. He remarked that this was the first visitation from executive members of the Service; thus, he felt highly honoured and pleased.

He noted that given that he identifies tax as a compulsory levy; Federal Poly Offa has tried to be consistent with its payment of tax.

He, therefore, implored KW-IRS to continue putting taxpayers’ money into good use, noting that this will serve as an incentive, particularly for those with a lackadaisical attitude towards paying taxes.

Mrs. Omoniyi stated that aside from creating a closer rapport with taxpayers, the visit was equally targeted at educating them and consolidating the narrative that the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration is not just about generating revenue but about giving back to the society.

She pointed out that in the past one year, the new administration has recorded notable achievements such as the renovation of 31 secondary schools and bringing electricity to communities that have never enjoyed it.

The Executive Chairman encouraged the faithful remittance of tax. She stated that although KW-IRS was not directly involved in the expenditure of revenue.

However, she reiterated that through the collaborative effort of the revenue-generating agency and the taxpayer, the government will be enabled to carry out its developmental projects.

The round-table session ended with the exchange of gifts between both parties, the national anthem, and group photographs.

Continuous Stakeholder Support: Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Shade Omoniyi visits Emir of Kaiama.

In continuation of seeking support from major stakeholders and the people of Kwara State, KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi alongside the Commissioner for Environment, Architect Aliyu Muhammed Saifudeen and some Management Staff of KW-IRS visited Kaiama on 26 February 2020.

The visit began with the inspection of buildings under renovations by the State Government at Government Unity Secondary School, Kaiama, and construction of road within the town.

At the School, the principal, Mallam. Aliyu Mohammed reminded the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS of backlog owed by the past administration for Tax Club Quiz Competitions 2018 award prizes.

However, the Executive Chairman promised to clear the outstanding debt as a form of maintaining the reputation of the Service and also to support increased and improved quality education amongst the younger ones.

Shortly after the visit to the School, the Executive Chairman accompanied the Commissioner of Environment to a Road Construction site close to the General Hospital, Kaiama.

The Honorable Commissioner and the Executive Chairman had discussions with some locals who were very pleased with what His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is doing for the people of Kwara North.

At the General Hospital, the doctors and nurses also warmly received the Executive Chairman and the Commissioner and also stated that the Revenue officers at the hospital have been very professional and committed to the revenue mobilization for the State.

The last stop was the palace of His Royal Highness, Alh. Muazu Shehu, where the Head, Corporate Affairs Department, Mr. Temi Kolawole introduced the KW-IRS team to the Emir.

The Executive Chairman explained the purpose of the visit which is to introduce the full commencement of the Kaiama Area Office and to solicit more help in driving Personal Income Tax amongst Okada riders, Artisans, Miners and Marketers (especially the Fish Sellers).

She also mentioned that the indigenes should be advised to get their citizenship certificates, change their old plate numbers to the new one as directed by the Federal Government to avoid being enforced.

The Honorable Commissioner appreciated the Emir and the people for the kind gesture. He notified the Emir about closing down all forest activities (legal and illegal such as charcoal production, tree cutting, etc) in a period of between one to three months.

He stated that the forests have been deforested which can cause climate change, desertification, soil erosion, fewer crops, flooding, and a host of problems for indigenous people if new trees are not planted.

The Emir, Alh. Muazu Shehu, appreciated the entourage and extended his gratitude to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the infrastructural works that have begun within Kaiama town.

He also stated that almost all taxpayers in the region are categorized under the Informal Sector therefore the collection will be seamless as they will cooperate. Also, he advised KW-IRS Staff to be friendly with the taxpayers to enable them to collect all forms of Revenue.

KWACCIMA calls for Harmonised Taxation System and Trade Fair Partnership

The Kwara Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) team paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service Mrs. Shade Omoniyi on 20th February 2020.

The team led by the first Deputy President Mr. Fatai Ayodimeji also consists of other KWACCIMA team members such as Barr. (Mrs.) Ronke Adeyemi (Second Deputy President), Prince Segun Oyewole (Treasurer), Prince Ayofagbemi (Director-General) and Mr. Amos Ajanaku (Vice-President Commerce). 

As the mouthpiece of business affairs in the state, the need to visit the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service by the officials of KWACCIMA was paramount in tackling issues facing investors in the state. Some of the issues of discourse include: 

Multiple taxations in Kwara State as one of the major challenges faced by investors in the state. The KWACCIMA team pleaded with the Executive Chairman to make harmonization of taxation procedures a necessity such that issues of regular multiple taxation would be prevented.

As an association saddled with the yearly trade fair event for the state which couldn’t hold last year to the elections, Mr. Fatai Ayodimeji seeks partnership from KW-IRS and a highly subsidized and discounted rate of taxes to be paid for the usage of the scheduled venue. 

He further reiterated the need for the trade fair to be taken seriously as this will give room for more manufacturers, investors and Business-Oriented people to showcase their products and services in the state.

He asserted that trade fair is an avenue to boost and promote business relationships which would go as far as enhancing economic activities, thereby serving as a means of generating more funds for the state. 

According to him, the outcome of the trade fair is that it will attract potential investors from all over the country to the State.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS in high optimism welcomed the KWACCIMA team to her office. She assured that there will be a better partnership between KW-IRS and KWACCIMA in this present administration. 

She further assured that KW-IRS is working on bill harmonization for all MDAs such that tax payments will be less cumbersome and much more convenient for taxpayers as stipulated in the canon of taxation and this would greatly address the case of multiple taxation.

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.

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