The Head, Informal Sector, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Maimunat Amasa, and other KW-IRS staff represented the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi in Ilorin, recently at the Nimota Idera Foundation Female Entrepreneurs Brunch organized to financially empower young business owners who are into the various class of businesses and others willing to start up businesses of their choice in the State.
In her keynote address, the representative of KW-IRS boss, Amasa, appreciated the Executive founder of the foundation, Ambassador Nimota Nihinlola Akanbi, the Co-founder Dr. Mariam Akanbi Balogun, and the Coordinator, Rahmat Balogun for the carefully conducted selection of candidates for the empowerment as part of the foundation’s contribution to the development of entrepreneurs in the State and the inclusion of avenue to speak about taxation and its impacts in the development of any State.
Amasa advised all beneficiaries to ensure the financial aids given are efficiently and effectively utilized and taxes due on various incomes of beneficiaries be paid as their civic responsibility to the growth of Kwara State.
Nimota Idera Foundation, established in 2008, rolled out for the year 2021, capital aids ranging from N25,000, N50,000, N100,000, and N150,000 strictly for female entrepreneurs in various businesses in the State.
Other guests and speakers at the event include Dr. Bamidele a mental health specialist and senior registrar at UITH Ilorin, and Juliet Halawani an experienced and successful business coach.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 25/7/2021
The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi has congratulated Dr. Abiola Adimula on her successful election and investiture as the 4th National Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) and charged the legal and tax guru to deploy her wealth of knowledge and experience in taxation towards the advancement of SWIT, Tax Advocacy and Revenue Administration in her State, Kwara.
Guests at the events include the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq, represented by the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole,His Royal Highness, the Olomu of Omupo,Oba Muhammed Yakubu Buhari Adebayo II, who is also a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria(FCTI),traditional chiefs,President of CITN, represented by his Vice, Barr. Samuel Agbeluyi Adeshina Adedayo, representative of the Executive Chairman, Federal inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Ishola Akingbade, KW-IRS Management and staff, representatives of the Unilorin Tax Club, family and friends.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 25/7/2021
The incoming National Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) Dr. Biola Adimula in the company of the immediate past President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Dame Olajumoke Simplice, and her team on Friday 23rd July 2021 paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service ( KW-IRS) Shade Omoniyi to intimate her of the top gear preparation towards the investiture ceremony of the 4th National Chairperson of the body scheduled to hold in Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday 24th July 2021.
As part of the schedule of the visitation, the visiting team was led to the Office of the Deputy Governor, Kwara State, Mr. Kayode Alabi by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi as the host of the forthcoming event.
Dame Olajumoke Simplice in her remarks at the Deputy Governor’s Office said the purpose of the visit was to inform the Executive Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdurasaq of the presence of CITN and SWIT Executives in the State and to also humbly invite him to the investiture ceremony of the new National Chairperson of SWIT, Dr. Abiola Adimula, who is an indigene of Kwara State.
She thanked the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for the numerous and continuous support he has given to the CITN and SWIT in the state over the years. She also lauded the Governor’s decisions for entrusting revenue administration of the State into the hands of a woman in the person of Shade Omoniyi who has reciprocated the gesture by elevating revenue generation of the state into a worthy position within a short period.
In her address, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi expressed appreciation to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi for the warm reception and expression of readiness to always assist the parent body of SWIT at all times.
She expressed joy over the victory of Dr. Abiola Adimula, a woman of virtue, as the new National President of the SWIT, a feat she described as unique and double blessings for Kwara state in general.
Omoniyi pledges continuous support for both CITN and SWIT at all levels of interaction in the country and prayed for a successful investiture ceremony and term of office for the new National Chairperson.
The Deputy Governor, Kwara State, Mr. Kayode Alabi, welcomed the visiting team of both bodies to the State, he congratulated the incoming National Chairperson, Dr. Abiola Adimula for emerging victorious in the SWIT election.
He said the state is proud of her emergence as the new National Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) as an indigene of the State and will always be ready to ensure she succeed in the office. He wished her a peaceful and successful investiture ceremony and tenure in office.
Dr. Adimula in her vote of thanks, appreciated the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for his support for women in government and continuous assistance his administration has provided for CITN and SWIT in Kwara State.
Those in attendance include; Director of Accounts and Finance, KW-IRS Omolara Ojulari, Deputy Registrar/Chief Executive Technical of CITN, Afolake Olawunmi Oso, Deputy Vice President CITN, Ohagwa Innocent, Registrar/Chief Executive, CITN, Adefisayo Awogbade, FIRS State Coordinator (Kwara, Ekiti, and Ondo) Isola Akingbade, Ag. Head, Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS, Titilayomi Ogunwale, Secretary LOC, SWIT Kwara State, Mrs. Oluwakemi Obakemi, Financial Secretary, SWIT, Dr. Odunayo Ani and Kwara State Chairperson SWIT, Mrs. Funmilayo Olaoye.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 23/7/2021
The attention of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is drawn to an unfounded and fallacious article published by an online platform, nairaland, in which the publisher was without any credible proof accused of “packaging” public funds for a sibling of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
The claim is false, malicious, baseless, and mischievous. It is a desperate attempt to dampen the rising public confidence in the ongoing reforms of the KW-IRS, the improved, yet humane revenue drive of the State, blockage of waste through e-payment platforms, and the glaring spike in how taxpayers’ money is going into execution of public projects and programmes that benefit every segment of the society.
We at the KW-IRS owe the duty of transparency and accountability to our esteemed taxpayers and the general public.
We therefore reiterate that:
• KWIRS reports all collections made and has no access to the funds like it was in the past. It could therefore not give out what it does not have access to.
• All processes to block revenue leakages and ensure transparency are in place and KW-IRS remains focused in improving same.
• The KW-IRS is aware that no reforms go without challenges and blackmails like the malicious blog post, both internally and externally. The leadership in the State is ready to face it and will continue to do things the right way.
• The KW-IRS is determined to protect its hard-fought brand and the confidence reposed in it by the taxpayers and would leave no stone unturned to unravel whoever is behind this irresponsible act.
• Social media platforms and users need to verify every news item/post before publishing or broadcast.
• The Service is prepared to follow due process in ensuring that anyone involved in producing and or spreading that false and injurious post faces the law.
Once again, KW-IRS remains committed and will not be distracted by acts of sabotage and blackmail while ensuring the right things are done, always.
The Preliminary stages of the 2021 KW-IRS Tax Club Quiz Competition, conducted across the State between 5th and 12th July 2021 are completed.
The Kwara South, North, and Central featured (31) Thirty-One, (22) Twenty-Two, and (89) Eighty-Nine schools respectively, totalling (142) One-Hundred and Forty-Two schools from the three Senatorial Districts of the State as participants in the First and Second Rounds of the Computer Based Test (CBT) Tax Competition held at Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba, Kwara State College of Education, Lafiagi, Omupo Anglican Grammar School, Omupo and KW-IRS CBT Centre, Trillium premises, Irewolede, Ilorin, Kwara State.
A total number of (18) Eighteen schools made it to the semi-final stage out of the One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) schools that registered for the competition.
In November, the (18) Eighteen Semi-Finalists will compete to produce winners in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions from the three (3) Senatorial Districts to conclude the activities of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz competition.
The scorecards of schools that made it to the SEMI-FINALS as communicated after the exercise are as below:
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 14/07/2021
The preliminary stages of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition to shortlist the overall best Six Schools from each senatorial district of the State was concluded today Monday 12th July 2021.
The first of its kind Computer Based Test (CBT), Tax Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in the State started with schools in the Kwara North and South on 5th, 6th and 8th of July, 2021, and had produced Eighteen (18) schools across the State; six (6) from each of the three Senatorial Districts.
A total of One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) schools expressed interest in the competition for the year 2021 across the State.
Kwara North, South and Central have Twenty-Two (22), Thirty-One (31) and Eighty-Nine (89) schools respectively.
The schools in Kwara Central, today, 12th July 2021, converged at the CBT centre of KW-IRS at its phase 3 office on Irewolede Road, Ilorin, for their turn of the first and second rounds of the Tax Quiz Competition.
The exercise ended with the emergence of six schools, qualifying to the semi-final stage from Kwara Central to join other shortlisted; namely Stepping Stone College Ilorin, St.James C.A.C Senior Secondary School Ilorin, Muslim Model Secondary School Ilorin, Islamic College Ilorin, Faith Academy Ilorin and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Ilorin.
Earlier in their separate welcome addresses, the Convener and Chairman of the competition, Titilayomi Ogunwale and Babatunde Salawu, on behalf of the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, commended the participating schools for making it to the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition, adding that the competition is parts of the KW-IRS community Impact programme and tax advocacy initiative, aimed at building enlightened and tax compliant citizens and developing the Kwara we all desire.
The participating schools were also charged to put in their best and avail themselves, the knowledge the exercise is to inculcate into them.
The event, organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development had in attendance, the KW-IRS Tax Club Advocacy Committee, Educationists in the State and other staff of the Service.
The Eighteen schools that have sailed through the preliminary stages will compete at the semi-final and thereafter the final in November 2021, where the overall best three (3) schools would emerge.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 12/07/2021
In continuation of the first-ever Computer Based Test (CBT) for Taxclub Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Kwara State, the Kwara South Senatorial District, had their turn of the first and second rounds of the competition, today, Thursday, 8th July 2021 at the Omupo Anglican Grammar School, Omupo.
The event, organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development had in attendance, the Olomu of Omupo, His Royal Highness, Oba Muhammed Yakubu Buari Adebayo II, who is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, Chiefs of Omupo and educationists in the State.
In his remarks, Oba Yakubu Buari commended the KW-IRS team, led by its Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, for the initiative of continuous tax advocacy in the State, particularly on students; through inculcating tax knowledge and its importance into the younger generation.
The Monarch appreciated the honour of staging the preliminary of the 2021 Taxclub quiz competition for Kwara South in his domain, charging the participating schools to see the competition as an opportunity to learn the importance of taxation to the economy and development of the state and country at large and to also grow to becoming carriers of right information and education about taxation.
Giving her address at the event, the Executive Chairman (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, welcomed and appreciated the presence of the royal father, the representatives of the Omupo community, the host school, and all participants.
The KW-IRS boss emphasized the purpose of the Tax Club Quiz Competition, which was not aimed at only rewarding excellent performance but to raise a generation of informed and tax compliant citizens.
She admonished all participants to adhere strictly to the rules of the game, do away with any form of malpractice and embrace sportsmanship spirit, even after the exercise.
The rounds 1 & 2 of the competition for Kwara South had 31(thirty-one) schools, out of which 6(six) schools qualified to the semi-final stage of the competition; namely Anglican Boys Academy Oro, Adeola College Offa, Notre Dam Girls Academy Amoyo, Bimaks International School Ijagbo, St. Clares Anglican Girls Grammar School Offa and UMCA Secondary School Share.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the competition for Kwara Central Senatorial District hold on Monday,12th July 2021, after which the Semi-Final and the Final take place in November, 2021, in Ilorin, the State Capital.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 08/07/2021
In its resolve to integrate quality tax education in younger generations in Kwara State, the First and Second Rounds of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in the State has commenced, with the Kwara North Senatorial District, on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July 2021. The competition, organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), is in collaboration with the State’s Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development The competition for the year 2021, holds, in both virtual and physical forms.
For Kwara North Senatorial Districts, the competition was designed to hold at two locations; Ilesha Baruba and Lafiagi.The Kwara North edition of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) competition, ended with six (6) schools, qualifying to the semi-finals out of the twenty-two (22) schools that expressed interest in the competition from the Kwara North.
Earlier in the year, an 8-man committee, was constituted by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, all consist of staff of KW-IRS, with Babatunde Salawu as the Chairman and Titilayomi Ogunwale, as the convener of the Tax Club Quiz Competition project for KW-IRS.
The committee, saddled with the responsibility of organizing Tax Advocacy programmes in the State, alongside the Corporate Affairs and IT Departments of the Service, led its members and the representative of the department of School Services, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Alalade R., to Ilesha Baruba and Lafiagi, the host towns of the first leg of the 2021 competition for Kwara North.
Giving his address, the Emir of Ilesha Baruba, HRH. Prof. Halidu Abubakar welcomed the visiting team and expressed appreciation to the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration for his engagement and commitment towards education, socio-cultural, and grassroots development. He commended the vision of the Governor for a system of government that works for all.
HRH. Prof. Halidu also thanked the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, for her commitment and efforts in assisting with the mobilization of revenue for the development of the State. “The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), remains the first across Nigeria to transform its old Board of Internal Revenue Agency into a fully functional State Internal Revenue Service with a clear-cut mandate backed up by Kwara State Revenue Administration Law No 6 of 22 June 2015” the monarch stated.
He also commended the Service for considering it necessary to nurture a tax compliant society through the tax club quiz competition, describing the cause as an act of commitment and devotion to quality service delivery to the State in general.
The Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba played host to the shortlisted secondary schools from both Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas of the State. A total number of eight (8) schools from the districts featured in the Computer Based Test, under strict compliance to the Covid-19 safety measures and after the two (2) rounds of the Computer-Based Test, two (2) schools; Unique College, Kaiama, and the host school, Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba emerged qualifiers to the semi-finals of the competition from Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas.
Similarly, the team was received by the Provost, Kwara State College of Education, (Technical), Lafiagi, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, on Tuesday 6th July 2021, where the tax club quiz competition scheduled for Edu and Patigi Local Government Areas of the Kwara North, was conducted. The CBT had a total number of fourteen (14) Secondary Schools, with four (4) schools namely, Government Secondary School Lafiagi, Ave Maria Catholic Secondary School, Lafiagi, The Apostolic Church Secondary School, Patigi and Shepherd Senior Secondary School, Lafiagi from both Edu and Patigi Local Government Areas respectively, emerged winners to the semi-final stage and will be joining their counterparts from Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Areas for the next rounds.
The 2021 KW-IRS Tax Club Quiz Competition’s First and Second Rounds for Secondary Schools in the Kwara North Senatorial District had, therefore, produced six (6) semi-finalists, while Secondary Schools in both Kwara South and Central will take their respective chances on Thursday 8th and Monday 12th July 2021 in Omupo Anglican Secondary School, and the KW-IRS CBT Centre, Trillium School, Ilorin, Kwara State respectively.
The ongoing preliminary stages of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition are to produce six (6) schools from each of the three senatorial districts for the semi-finals, scheduled to hold a few months from now, with various prizes set aside to be won for schools’ projects and academic pursuits of participants that emerged overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.
The establishment of Tax Club in schools in the State aims at ensuring students have clear understanding of the role of tax in the development of an economy; Create interactive atmospheres for students to share ideas and contribute positively to the economic development of the country and state; Compete positively in Schools debate and quiz; Build careers in taxation and other related areas of study, and get rewarded for active and excellent performance.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 07/07/2021
In its commitment to continuous education, enlightenment and dissemination of required information to the general public, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), has commenced its radio program, “My Tax and I” for the quarter 3 of 2021.
The WEEK 1 episode of the programme, aired on different radio stations in the State, had seasoned tax practitioners and staff of the Service, Sunday Agbana and Iyabo Adebayo, discuss the topic “TAX ASSESSMENT AND OBJECTION”
Did you know that?
Tax Assessment is a process to determine the appropriate tax payable on the income of individuals, ventures and enterprises, either self-employed or in employment in the relevant year of assessment?
Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and Direct Assessment are methods of collection of Personal Income Tax (PIT)?
PAYE applies to those in employment, while Direct Assessment applies to those that are self-employed and Taxpayers are free to choose from both options to be assessed on?
The process of Tax Assessment starts with Demand for Completion of Form A, completion of Return of Income and Claims for Allowances and Reliefs form for self-employed as well as submission of Nominal Roll by Corporate organization. This is followed by examination of returns and interview of taxpayers, where necessary after which Notices of Assessment are generated and then served?
Form A is known as the Return of Income and Claims for Allowance and Reliefs. It serves as an assessment tool which a taxpayer is expected to complete and fill in the year of assessment between 1st January and 31st March each year?
Form A states the income from all sources & allowances taxpayers want to claim and comprised 4 parts: Personal Details of Taxpayers, Statement of Income from all sources, Tax Exempts and Taxpayer’s declaration?
Submission of Annual Tax Returns of an employer’s previous activities to the State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS in this case) should not be later than 31st January each year while submission of Nominal Roll is done on or before 31st March every year?
The taxpayer has certain rights to an assessment and these include the right to be served Notice of Assessment (NOA); right to object to tax assessed within a specified time frame of receipt of the NOA if he or she is not pleased with the assessment; right to fair hearing; right to self-representation of his or her authorized representative; and right to relevant information for the discharge of his or her tax obligation?
Among other criteria, an assessment is said to be final and conclusive when a taxpayer fails to object an Assessment within 30 days of service of NOA?
An employer refers to anyone exercising power over payment of remuneration, any agent, manager, director or other representatives and any paying officer of the Government?
An employer is obliged to register with relevant Tax Authority within Six Months of Commencement of a Business and ensure correct statutory deduction and remittance to the KW-IRS on or before the 10th day of the month following the month of deduction?
It is the responsibility of an employer to prepare and submit remittance schedules and other necessary documents to the KW-IRS?
Self-Assessment refers to a process where a taxpayer honestly files his or her tax returns and come up with an assessment of what he or she presumes PIT should be and gives evidence of tax payable or payment plan over a given time frame?
Self-Assessment can be explored by taxpayers, but they must provide evidence of audited financial records to support their claim (S. 44 of PITA 2011 as amended). It is backed by Personal Income Tax Act 2011 as amended. It is usually between 1st January and 31st March each year?
Taxpayers who file their tax returns honestly and promptly shall be granted a bonus of 1% of the tax payable (A.45, PITA 2011 as amended) as long as there is no default in the payment mode?
All revenue payments could be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course?
For enquiry or clarification on tax matters, you can reach KW-IRS on the following Communication Channels.
Visit us at our Corporate Head Office on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin or any of our offices within Ilorin and across all Local Government Areas to transact directly with the official revenue officers of KW-IRS and ensure all payments are receipted for accordingly.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 07/07/2021
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has appointed Usman Mohammed Shehu as the Director of Income Tax Directorate for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).
According to the Kwara State Government, the appointment takes immediate effect from 1st July, 2021.
Usman Mohammed Shehu holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Accounting and Business Management respectively at the Delta State University.
He is highly knowledgeable in Income Tax, Internal Revenue generation strategy, Banking Operations, Business Development, Budget Planning, Financial Modelling, Planning, Analysis, Reporting and vast in the tract of people’s management, and other major managerial roles.
Usman Mohammed is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
He has worked and served in various capacities in business, banks, and financial institutions in Nigeria since the early ’90 and performed various managerial roles at the Omega Bank and Heritage Bank Company Limited from 2003 to 2009 before joining Unity Bank Plc.
In 2010, He served in the bank as Business Service Manager, Assistant Manager from 2010 to 2014, and became the Branch Manager of Unity Bank Plc. in 2014 where he served up until his appointment by the Kwara State Government as a Director at KW-IRS.
Usman Mohammed Shehu is an indigene of Kwara State, born on the 18th of June 1974. He is married and blessed with children.
As the newly appointed Director joins in the drive of revenue mobilization for the strategic development of Kwara State, we wish him a successful tenure in office.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 30/6/2021
A synergy session among all stakeholders in the Property Tax and other Land Revenue matters in Kwara State was held today, Tuesday, 29th June 2021, at the Corporate Head Office of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS).
The meeting which was tagged; “Synergy, Synchronization and Sustainability of Land Business Processes” was targeted at ensuring improved, effective and efficient property tax collection in the State.
Giving her opening remarks at the session, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi stressed the importance of Property Tax in revenue mobilization, adding that it is a line of the collection with great potentials.
She stated that the meeting of all relevant MDAs on Property and Lands matters was not to stage a blaming platform but to brainstorm on best ways to handling this important revenue line, which in turn will shore up the revenue base of the State. She reiterated the commitment of the Service in actualizing its mandate through the robust implementation of systems that ease processes and activities of all MDAs in the State.
Omoniyi charged all stakeholders and participants to see the job of revenue drive as the duty & responsibility of all, towards achieving more development for the State, adding that, only with strong collaboration and embracement of automation of all processes of collection, can the huge success being awaited, come to pass.“Let us forget about the past and focus more on what we all can do now, to ensure the goal of the State is accomplished”, she stated.
In her presentation, the Head, Property Tax, KW-IRS, Olanike Wole- Oke, spoke to factors affecting property tax in Kwara State, stating that, the main goal of the session was to identify the loopholes created as a result of lack of synergy and develop strategies that could bring about positive change in the landed property sector of the State for the benefit of all.
She elaborated on the need for synergy of all involved in property tax, that is, the Bureau of Lands, Office of Surveyor-General, Town Planning Authority, Housing and Urban Development, Geographic Information System and Ministry of Justice.
Other issues raised by the Head of Property Tax include; realistic database of properties and their owners, proper street naming and house numbering, accurate transfer of satellite imageries on the systems, effective synchronization of systems for easy interface with relevant MDAs involved in landed property matters, automated bill generation and reporting.
Abayomi Ajiboso, a Manager of the Property Tax Department of KW-IRS, in his presentation titled “tapping the untapped revenue lines of property tax in Kwara State”, highlighted Caveat Emptor, Mortgage and Approval Fees, Document Registration and Search, Capital Gain Tax, Stamp Duties etc, as major areas that need to be tapped into.
Corroborating all earlier submissions on the need gaps in Property Tax drive and collection in the State, Ajiboso, stated that,the only way to effective and improved IGR for the State is synergy and syncronization of all activities.
In their responses, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, TPL Isiaq Oloorukoba and the Director-General Bureau of Land, TPL Bolake Yusuf, expressed their appreciation to KW-IRS for bringing up such a session, stating, it is a good step in the right direction.
TPL Bolakale added that there has been a harmonious working relationship between the Bureau of Lands and KW-IRS. He however noted that the agency is aware of most of the issues raised and reiterated the continuous commitment of all parties involved in ensuring the set goals are achieved.
Contributing to the discussion, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and a council member of the ‘Ease of doing Business’, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye, who was also in attendance, emphasised the need for all to embrace technology as a way to greater development. He added that involvement of the Telecoms companies in making the internet available across the State could further assist data and information synchronization for revenue growth for the State.
Speaking on behalf of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the State, Jawondo Salman, the Permanent Secretary, of the ministry, Musa Idris, identified non-implementation of existing laws as a major hindrance to revenue growth. He noted that the capacity of government to impose use of relevant laws, political wills and proper enforcement are germane for achievement of set goals. ‘It is not enough highlighting problems without proper application of laws and follows up on enforcement processes’, said Idris.
The Head, Building Unit, Bureau of Lands, Yinka Abdullahi, and other principal officers from property tax related agencies hinged issues of low performance in revenue collection from property tax to challenges of compliance and promised to work together more than before, towards realisation of objectives of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazak led administration.
In his closing remarks, the Director, Admin and Operations, KW-IRS, who doubles as Acting Head MDAs, Olatunji Balogun, appreciated all participants for their time and contributions.
Olatunji said, issue of property is germane to the development of any State and it requires a collaborative effort to have an increased revenue generation for the State.
The session had in attendance, other Directors of KW-IRS, Omolara Ojulari and Shehu Abdullahi; the General Manager, Physical Planning Authority, TPL Taiye Mohammed, Deputy Surveyor-General, T.A.Afolayan, Director, Land Services, Esv. Emmanuel Ogundipe, principal officers and staff of all relevant MDAs in the State and staff of KW-IRS.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 29th June 2021.
As part of its effort to further improve the quality of tax education and raising a generation of tax compliant citizens across the State, the Kwara State Government, through the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KW-IRS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, announces the commencement of the 2021 Tax Club Quiz Competition for all secondary schools in Kwara State.
The competition holds at the Kwara North, South and Central Senatorial Districts of the State from Monday 5th to Monday 12th July 2021 for schools that expressed interest through application for the competition.
According to the statement from the KW-IRS organizing committee, the First and Second rounds of the competition for Kwara North Senatorial District will hold from Monday 5th to Tuesday 6th July, 2021 at the Government Secondary School, Ilesha Baruba in Baruten Local Government Area and Kwara State College of Education, Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area respectively.
Similarly, the First and Second rounds of the competition scheduled to hold in the Kwara South Senatorial District come up on Thursday, 8th July 2021 at the Anglican Grammar School, Omupo, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State.
For the Kwara Central Senatorial District schedule, participants will converge at the KW-IRS CBT Centre, Trillium School Compound, Irewolede Road, Ilorin on Monday 12th July 2021 for the First and Second rounds, while the Semi-final and Final stages of the competition come up on Thursday 4th November 2021 in Ilorin, the State capital.
Participating schools are by this notice reminded that the Tax Quiz Competition for Rounds One and Two shall be Computer Based Test (CBT) and the Semi-Final and Final stages will be physically conducted with all Covid-19 safety protocols adhered to strictly.
Participants are advised to check the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service official website (irs.kw.gov.ng) and the tax club portal (taxclub.irs.kw.gov.ng) for more details on schools’ grouping and schedule of the competition.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 26/6/2021
The Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor Muhammed Akanbi (SAN), and his Management team, on Tuesday 22nd June 2021, paid a courtesy visit to the Corporate Head Office of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service ( KW-IRS), in Ilorin, to further complement the already existing mutual relationship between both institutions of government.
The visiting team, led by Prof. Akanbi, SAN, was received by the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, in the company of the Directors and management staff of the Service.
The Vice-Chancellor KWASU, noted that the visit to KW-IRS was reciprocal and a formal way of expressing appreciation to the agency for the exceptional productive relationship that exists between both bodies over the years, while commending the host for a warm reception.
Rolling out the essence of the visit on behalf of the institution, the Director, Institute of Professional and Continuous Education, KWASU, Dr. Mubaraq Sanni, disclosed, that, discussing ways to further partner with KW-IRS on various available newly introduced courses on taxation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the institution, participation of KW-IRS staff in the Tax Academy programs being coordinated by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) currently housed by KWASU, developmental and capacity building training are important to the meeting.
Dr. Mubaraq added that the visit was also to create an opportunity for KWASU to benefit in the Community Impact Programs of KW-IRS, particularly in the area of sponsoring Professorial Chair at the institution as obtainable in other States in the country, appealing to the KW-IRS Boss to accept the seat in due time.
Dr. Mubaraq seeks the implementation of a tax credit infrastructural scheme for the institution with a view of having profiting corresponding benefits for being a tax-compliant institution, among several other benefits that could aid the efficient running of the institution.
In the strategic and partnership plans of the institution, some other presentations at the meeting were consideration of concessional tax arrangement, promotion of collaborative efforts towards learning and character development for inmates at the various correctional centres and facilities in Kwara State as a way of changing prisoners’ orientation and preparing them for community reintegration.
In her response, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, expressed her appreciation to the visiting team and assured that the agency remains committed to its sole responsibility of revenue administration for the strategic development of the State and readiness to work closely with KWASU, just as with every other agencies and institutions in the State, towards promoting excellence and achieving the developmental goals of the Abdulrahman AbdulRazak led administration.
Omoniyi said requests, as highlighted by the institution, are well noted and measures required to making them happen in the shortest period of time, in forms of advocacies and necessary influence would be made.
The KW-IRS boss reiterated that the Service runs its activities within the monthly subvention been given, just like any other agencies of government in the State, but will not stop to continue to use her good office and all within her power to facilitate the deployment of infrastructures that will assist the institution in and in turn improve revenue generation for the State.
She assured continued partnership towards the progress and development of the State.
The meeting, however, called for the constitution of a 7-man technical committee from the two bodies to address various issues of concerns raised, in a bid to finding mutual beneficial relationship.
The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS and Vice-Chancellor, KWASU, selected and inaugurated the 7-man committee, which consisted four members from KWASU and three members from KW-IRS.
They are the Bursar, KWASU, Mohammed Abubakar Sani; Director, KWASU Business School, Prof. Kenneth Adeyemi; Director, Institute of Professional and Continuous Education, KWASU, Dr. Mubaraq Sanni; and Director, Investment & Consultancy KWASU, Dr. Rahman Mustapha.
From the KW-IRS, are the Director, Admin and Operations, Olatunji Balogun, Head, Institutions, Ayodeji Koledade, Area Coordinator, Moro, Aliu Adebayo.
The 7-man technical committee is to be chaired by the Director, KWASU Business School, Professor Kenneth Adeyemi and is expected to come up with comprehensive strategic plans to actualizing all concerns put forward and partnership models for both KW-IRS and KWASU.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS. 22nd June 2021
The Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, ( KW-IRS) felicitate with the newly appointed Olupo of Ajase-Ipo, His Royal Highness, Oba (Barr). Ismail Bolaji Yahaya Muhammed Atoloye Alebiosu, the entire people of Ajase Ipo kingdom and environs.
It is our prayer that your reign, be long and peaceful. The Almighty Allah will guide and provide you with required wisdom to steer the affairs of the ancient Ajase-Ipo community to an enviable position.
We wish you long life on the throne of your forefathers.
Oye a mori o!
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 22/6/2021
In continuation of its working visit to traditional rulers in the State, and in a bid to tap into all available revenue potentials, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), paid a courtesy and working visit on Royal fathers in Isin Local Government Area of Kwara State on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021.
The Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, her management team and some staff of KW-IRS were warmly received by both the Olusin of Isanlu Isin, who is also the Chairman, Isin Traditional Council, His Royal Highness, Oba Dr Solomon Olugbenga Oloyede, Ilufemiloye II, and his counterpart, the Olusin of Ijara Isin, His Royal Highness, Oba Pharmacist Julius Ademola Ajibola.
Speaking during the visit, Shade Omoniyi expressed her immense appreciation to the monarchs for the exceptional reception and stated that the visit was part of her endless effort towards stimulating tax drive and compliance in the State and to also solicit continuous involvement of the traditional rulers in the attainment of the goal of an improved revenue generation in Isin Local Government Area.
She reiterated the commitment of the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration in ensuring provision of amenities that will make the lives of people in Kwara a lot comfortable.
Omoniyi stated that in order to facilitate ease of revenue administration and processes for the State, the KW-IRS operations have been brought closer to the people at all LGAs of the State through the creation of additional eight Area offices to the existing five, and a total of thirteen Area offices now situated in LGAs across the State with appointment of Area coordinators to work closely with LGAs and ensure seamless tax administration.
In his response, the Olusin of Isanlu Isin appreciated the KW-IRS visiting team and the government of the day for the interventions in various ways that could improve the lives of the people.
The Olusin of Ijara Isin, emphasised the importance of tax in the development of any serious minded community and its people.
The business mogul who doubles as the Vice Chairman, Isin Traditional council noted that on assumption of the throne of his fore fathers in the last six months, he had received tremendous supports of the Kwara State government.
“Ijara Isin and its environs have received not less than nine boreholes, a transformer and thirty (30) electric poles.
“Howelse can the community show appreciation to the government than continue to give needed support in area of payment of taxes as and when due to encourage more development in the Local Government and environs. The poor narrative given to Isin local government as the poorest local government in the State is unfortunate, the community is blessed with untapped areas of revenue generation.
“Isin is blessed with Cashew and Timber which can sustain the State conveniently, unfortunately it is being underutilised and hijacked by some people.
“I am a tax compliant citizen of Kwara and i will give my utmost support in increasing the internally generated revenue for my local government and State” the monarch of Ijara Isin reaffirmed.
Also corroborating the submission of the monarchs at the meeting, were Honourable Kunle Awolola, a member representing Isin constituency in the State House of Assembly and the Chairman, Transition Implementation Committee, Mr.Tunde Fadipe, both promised unwavering support in the improvement of IGR for the strategic development of the State.
“More will be done in the areas of data gathering of taxable individuals and entities into the tax net and in blockage of revenue leakages.
The Head, Health Department of the Local Government Council, Tawakalitu Ambali also lend her voice by expressing gratitude to the visiting team, while applauding the Service’ devotion towards the growth of Kwara State through revenue generation.
She assured that, Isin community will not relent in giving required support towards witnessing more growth in the State.
The KW-IRS team includes the Director, Accounts & Finance, Omolara Ojulari, Director Admin & Operations,Olatunji Balogun, and Director Legal & Compliance, Shehu Abdullahi.
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), paid a working visit to the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College, (IVTEC) in Ajase Ipo, Kwara State, on Tuesday to discuss enhanced revenue drive and compliance to proper deduction and remittance of all tax due to the State Government.
Giving her remarks during the visit, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi appreciated the Rector and Management of IVTEC, for always creating avenues for engagement on best approach to improving and collaborating towards the developmental goal of the State.
“One of the tools of revenue drive of KW-IRS is engagement of all stakeholders for better performance” said Omoniyi.
She noted, that the State through KW-IRS, giving the Artisans and willing youths, vocational training at the college is by a way integrating them into knowledge acquisition, use of modern technology and facilities and as it forms part of the Community Impact Projects of the Service with expectations that the opportunity will not only help governance but will also improve skills, tax education, tax compliance and breed productive individuals for the growth of selves and Kwara State.
Omoniyi encouraged the college to continue to put in its best in turning out graduates that the State would be proud of.
She further calls for embracement of the use of the automation platforms provided by State for proper capturing of activities of the college and to aid seamless reconciliation process.
Shade Omoniyi emphasised need for tax compliance and correct deduction and remittance of PAYE and other statutory deductions of the college and in submission of nominal roll as required and filing of returns as and when due.
Welcoming the visiting team, the Rector, IVTEC, Dr.Ade Somide, noted that the college has been a tax compliant institution and commits to maintaining the already existing good relationship and in better synergy with the KW-IRS.
Somide expressed his delight in supports received by the college through the World Bank assisted programs. He did not fail to recognise the initiatives and efforts of the current administration, in strengthening the activities of the college.
He added that supports and sponsorship are also being received from some individuals and corporate bodies in the State, who enrol artisans and youths in the college as part of their empowerment programs.
“The college will not cease to work towards ensuring its own continous growth and in collaborating to boosting revenue being generated for the State” Somide said.
The visit had in attendance the Registrar and Bursar of IVTEC, Mr Lateef Lawal and Mr Aransiola Timothy respectively.
Also in attendance were Directors of KW-IRS, Omolara Ojulari, Olatunji Balogun, Shehu Mogaji Abdullahi and some staff of KW-IRS.
In the continuous working visits to various institutions towards engendering collaborative revenue drive for the State, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi in the company of her Director, Accounts & Finance, Omolara Ojulari, Director Admin & Operations,Olatunji Balogun, Director,Legal & Compliance, Shehu Mogaji Abdullahi, members of Management team and some staff of the Service paid a visit to the Palace of Elerin of Erin-Ile, His Royal Highness, Oba Abdulganiyu Ajibola Ibrahim Olosookun II.
Speaking at the Palace of Elerin,the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, stated that the visit was to solicit continuous involvement of the traditional ruler in the attainment of the goal of an improved revenue generation in Erin Ile in particular and Oyun Local Government Area of the State in general.
She reiterated that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is committed to ensuring that the people of Kwara enjoy the dividends of democracy which are already evident in the various initiatives and projects completed and ongoing in various Local Government Areas of the State, parts of which are the construction of the Town Hall road and Station Road projects in Oyun Local Government, provision of Covid 19 palliative measures to cushion the adverse effects on taxpayers, provision of job opportunities in the State, etc.
In his response, the Elerin of Erin-Ile expressed his appreciation to the visiting team and the government of the day, for the intervention in various ways that could improve their lives and in return foster tax-compliance.
He added that, though Erin-Ile community is dominated by farmers who depend solely on proceeds from their agricultural produce as means of livelihood, but will give all needed support to the KW-IRS in achieving its set goals in Erin-Ile and its environs.
He advised that the collection of jangali should be revived and more be done in the areas of capturing taxable individuals & entities into the tax net and in blockage of any form of revenue leakage.
Elerin assured that, Erin-Ile community will not cease to give its best towards an improved revenue generation and development of the State.
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KW-IRS, today, Thursday, received in audience the newly elected National Chairperson of Society of Women In Taxation, (SWIT),Dr Mrs Biola Adimula, Esq.
The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS Shade Omoniyi, in her welcome remarks, congratulated the new chairperson and expressed her utmost pleasure in her emergence as the National chairperson.
Omoniyi stated, that the emergence of an indigene of Kwara as the National Chairperson of SWIT, again, puts the State among the comity of States, adding that, the Service will continue to give all support needed towards the success of her administration.‘This is our tenure, we are in this together and I will give the most required support within my capacity’, KW-IRS boss stated.
In her own remarks, Dr. Mrs Biola Adimula, Esq., noted that, the visit was the first to any organisation or individual since she assumed office as the National chair in May,2021 and she deemed it fit to pay the courtesy call on KW-IRS to appreciate all supports received in the past and discuss ways to using her new office to further improve revenue drive and collection for the State.
Adimula disclosed that, she became the 4th National Chairperson by the virtue of the election held in Kaduna on the 18th of May, 2021. “I am more particularly elated because I am the first elected National Chair in and from Kwara State and it is interesting to note that my investiture will also be held in Kwara,the first time ever when investiture ceremony of SWIT is taken outside the FCT”.
“I am also looking forward to more collaboration in areas of change management initiatives, advocacy and sensitization on Taxation in Kwara State. “Since the day elected, I have been in touch with the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS) on how best FIRS can work with SWIT at the State level to ensure all due to the State, comes to the State and this I believe will bring about improved compliance which in turn will lead to an increased Internally Generated Revenue for the State”said Adimula.
A letter of appreciation was presented to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi for her support in the last Tax debate of the Society held in Kwara and also for the sponsor of SWIT members to the last Annual Tax Conference.
The meeting had in attendance other members of the society and the Local Organizing Committee for the investiture ceremony slated to hold in Ilorin, on the 24th of July, 2021.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department , KW-IRS 10th June, 2021.
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service,(KW-IRS), in its continuous effort to drive tax compliance in the State, held a meeting with the leadership of the Associations of Transport in Kwara State on 9th June 2021.
Representing the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, at the meeting was the Head, Informal sector, Maimunat Amasa.
Amasa informed the gathering that the meeting was to discuss reasons for the drop in collection in the sector.
She further explained that the service introduced the ticketing model in September 2020 for ease of collection in the sector, adding that, the objective of the process is yet to be achieved, and with the downward trend in collection in the last couple of months, there is need for review by both parties, for possible resolution.
In his response to issues raised,the Chairman, National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Abdulrauf Atoyebi, reiterated the commitment of the union to tax compliance and an improved revenue for the State; he however bemoaned the effects of the economy on transport workers.
He further clarified that many vehicle owners are finding it difficult to maintain their vehicles as a result of the increase in prices of spare parts in particular. ‘Many owners have now put their vehicles out for sale because it can no longer pay their bills, he lamented.
Speaking further on the decline in collections from the sector, the Secretary, Nigerian Association of Co-operative Transporters Limited (NACT), Gidado Yusuf Jimoh, stated that the drop in collection is owing to many commuters’ preference to taking okada and tricycles to taxis. ‘Okada and Keke have taken over our jobs, take a tour around Ilorin and environs and see for yourself the number of taxis plying the roads, other businesses have increase their prices, but taxi drivers cannot increase fares, branches with over 200 vehicles last year cannot boast of 50 today, our members are suffering’ he lamented.
The vice chairman, Nigerian Association of Co-operative Transporters Limited (NACT), Ganiyu Hussein,added that the association will amidst all the aforementioned challenges take bold step in encouraging their members to complying with remittance of appropriate taxes and as and when due. He however seeks more support of the government and other stakeholders to the transport workers in the State,by coming up with initiatives that could be beneficial to members in the transport sector.
The Head, Informal Sector, KW-IRS,Maimunat Amasa, thanked the 6-man delegation for their time, adding that their challenges are noted while encouraging more robust cooperation and collaboration from the team towards jointly developing the State.
The meeting had in attendance, other leaders of the transport associations in the State, Head, Artisan unit, KW-IRS, Aduke Robbinson, and some staff of Informal Sector, KW-IRS.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 10th June, 2021.
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS) felicitates with the Emir of Yashikira, His Royal Highness, Amb (Dr) Alhaji Umar Sariki Usman, Sabikpassi II, Sarkin Yamma of the entire Yashikira community on the occasion of his 10th year anniversary as the traditional custodian of Yashikira.
Your reign has brought development, long-lasting peace,unity, and prosperity to the community and its environs. We pray Almighty Allah continue to bless you with wisdom and needed knowledge to oversee the affairs of the Yashikira community.
Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS 29/5/2021