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TRADITIONAL RULERS PLEDGE CONTINOUS SUPPORT TO REVENUE DRIVE AND DEVELOPMENT OF KWARA STATE

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.

Signed
Corporate Affairs, KW-IRS
16th June 2021

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REVENUE MOBILIZATION STRATEGIES FOR KWARA: KW-IRS MEETS IVTEC

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.

Signed
Corporate Affairs, KW-IRS
16th June,2021

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KW-IRS PAYS VISIT TO THE ELERIN OF ERIN-ILE

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.

Signed
Corporate Affairs,KW-IRS
16/6/2021

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IMPROVED REVENUE GENERATION FOR KWARA, KW-IRS, SWIT TO COLLABORATE

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.

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KW-IRS SEEKS CONTINOUS SUPPORT OF ASSOCIATION OF TRANSPORT ON TAX COMPLIANCE

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.

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10TH CORONATION ANNIVERSARY: KW-IRS CONGRATULATES EMIR OF YASHIKIRA

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.

Congratulations!

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department,
KW-IRS
29/5/2021

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq 2nd Year Anniversary

Congratulations to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq on his 2nd Year Anniversary in office.

We are confident that Kwara State will witness more development during your administration.

Accept our hearty congratulations, sir!

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
29th May, 2021

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KW-IRS ANNOUNCES DATE FOR INTERVIEW FOR APPLICANTS INTO AREA OFFICES

The interview for applicants for the Kwara State Internal Revenue
Service, (KW-IRS), Area offices job, commences on Monday, the 31st of
May, 2021, in Ilorin, the State capital.

It would be recalled that notice of recruitment of Revenue Officers into
11 Area Offices of the Service, (Baruten, Edu, Ekiti, Ifelodun,
Irepodun, Isin, Offa, Oke-Ero, Oyun, and Patigi Local Government Areas)
was published on the 9th of April, 2021 and interested applicants were
requested to put in their applications online between the 12th and 16th
of April, 2021.

A total of 12,056 (Twelve Thousand, and Fifty Six) applications were
received within the period the application portal was opened, with
gender distribution of 63% and 37% males and females respectively. 1,663
applicants were shortlisted for the Computer Based Test (CBT) but only
1,315 sat for the test.

A key factor in the shortlisting process was the matching of current
place of residency as stated by each applicant to the preferred Area
Office indicated by each applicant.

Considering the average performance of the candidates that sat for the
CBT therefore, the Management of KW-IRS, has set the cut-off mark for
invitation to interview at 50% performance for candidates of Area
offices in Kwara South and 40% for candidates of Area offices in Kwara
North.

Graphical Representation of 2021 KW-IRS Area Office Recruitment

All candidates within the cut-off criteria as stated above shall be
invited for interview, starting from the 31st of May, 2021 and
thereafter, placement into the preferred locations.

Candidates to be invited for the interview are expected to come along
with original copies of their certificates for sighting and
verification, curriculum vitae and means of identification.

Please be reminded that all Covid-19 protocols shall be adequately
followed.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
28th May, 2021

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KW-IRS HOLDS 2021 ANNUAL PAY-AS- YOU- EARN WORKSHOP

The Directed Employers of Labour in Kwara State have been charged to faithfully discharge their responsibilities in ensuring correctness in the deduction and remittance of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and other statutory deductions to the coffers of the State government.

This was stated at the 2021 annual PAYE workshop organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), Tuesday, 25th of May, 2021 at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin.

The annual event is geared towards exposing directed employers of labour to the required procedures to correct deductions of PAYE from salaries of their employees and other deductible taxes as provided by law and in compliance with the implementation of the 2020 Finance Act.

In her keynote address at the workshop, themed “Operation of PAYE Scheme and other statutory deductions”, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi appreciated all organizations present for the continual mutual, beneficial and progressive relationship enjoyed over the years which have resulted in increased revenue generation for the State and requests more collaboration of all employers of labour in the drive of the strategic development of the Kwara.

The KW-IRS boss, further said that, the PAYE workshop is the first since she assumed office as the Executive Chairman as it could not hold last year for reason of Covid-19 pandemic and expressed her delight in the turn out of participants, reiterating that the workshop will not only afford participants at the workshop to share ideas on grey areas in taxation, but also serve as an opportunity to interact and cross fertilize ideas towards an improved service delivery.

Delivering the first paper at the event, the Head, Tax Assessment, KW-IRS, Sunday Agbana, took participants through the implications of the Finance Act 2020, signed into law by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on the 31 December, 2020 and effective 1st January 2021.

He analyzed the major amendments in the Finance Act, the roles of Stakeholders and Employers of Labour in PAYE implementation, Stages of Personal Income Tax computation, Offences and Penalties attached to defaults and procedures to collection of Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC).

In his presentation on the requirements of Annual Tax Returns and Back Duty, the Head, Tax Audit, Kabiru Rufai, explained that, Tax Audit is a tool to confirm the level of compliance of every Directed Employer of Labour to the directive of the tax law with regards to PAYE and other deductibles, such as water rate, development levy, withholding tax on contracts, bank interest, etc. He further charged directed employers of labour on need for submission of Nominal Roll and Annual Tax Return.

Taking participants through the frequently asked questions on PAYE, the Head, Corporate Department, Abdulahi Gegele, explained that PAYE is statutory and mandatory and non-remittance is punishable under the relevant laws, adding that Private Organizations, SMEs, FMDAs, SMDAs, LGAs, NGOs and Paramilitary, except Nigerian Police Force are all expected to remit PAYE as deducted to relevant Tax Authorities.

Remittance of PAYE is due every 10th day of the month, Gegele emphasized and the KW-IRS, through its automation system has made it easy to remit such and other taxes via any of its available Payment Solution Service Provider, (PSSP), Remita, Quickteller, Payarena, E-tranzact and KW-IRS customized POS.

The Head, Corporate Department, added the need for Tax Payers to always request receipts of all transactions as it will serve as evidence of payment and also part of requirements for filing annual tax returns. “The benefits of remitting PAYE as appropriate is avoidance of interest & penalty, prompt issuance of tax clearance certificate when needed and enhancement of corporate image of any organization or agency” Gegele stated.

Corroborating the need to pay all taxes due with ease and the use of the Self-Service platforms provided by the State, the Head, Process Improvement and Business Analysis for KW-IRS, Taofiq Alabi, said that, the KW-IRS automation is aimed at re-engineering the current tax processes towards improving taxpayers compliance, meet the standard of the tax solution in compliance with good practices, strengthen the State’s tax administration and respond effectively to the dynamics of the revenue challenges in the State.

Alabi pointed out that some of the innovations under the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led- administration include, the development of a tax solution implementation, business process re-engineering, multiple payment platforms, process automation and taxpayers’ database development.

In her closing remarks, the Ag. Director, Income Tax, who doubles as the Director Accounts and Finance, KW-IRS, Omolara Ojulari, appreciated all participants for their time and unwavering support in ensuring the needful are carried out as it relate to correct deductions and remittances of taxes and in collaborating in the growth of IGR of the State.

The workshop had in attendance Director Admin and Operations, Olatunji Balogun, Director, Legal and Compliance, Shehu Mogaji Abdullahi, Esq. staff of the Service and over 400 representatives from various organizations and agencies across the State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
25th May, 2021.

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2018 Tax Club Quiz Competition Winners Receive Cash Prizes

In line with the passion of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration to improve the education sector and have youth inclusiveness government, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), today Tuesday 18th May, 2021 rewards schools, teachers and students that emerged winners during the 2018 Tax Club Quiz Competition.

The awardees, who made it to the finals in the 2018 Tax Club Quiz Competition, held on the 1st of December 2018, comprised six schools, eighteen students and three teachers, out of the 238 registered schools and over 256 students at the competition.

Recipients rewarded for excellence performance at the 2018 Tax Club Quiz Competition were Shepherd Senior Secondary School, Lafiagi; Government Unity Secondary School, Kaiama; Agbonna High School, Share; Muslim Model Secondary School, Idi-Ori and Government Girls Day Secondary School, Oko-Erin.

In her remarks, during the physical meeting with all recipients of the prizes, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, expressed her delight in fulfilling the promise of various payments to all winners.

She noted that, the objectives of the tax club quiz competition for secondary schools in the State, include ensuring students have clear understanding of the role of tax in the development of an economy, create an interactive atmosphere for students to share ideas and contribute positively to the economic development of the State in particular and the country at large, allow for positive competition among schools in tax debate and quiz towards building career in taxation and other related area of study and rewarding active and excellent performance.

The KW-IRS boss, added that aside the KW-IRS Tax Club’s purpose of tax advocacy and raising a tax-compliant generation, it has equally provided the State, through the Service, an avenue to carry out its developmental projects. The Tax Club Quiz Competition has been a source of remarkable development in the education sector and among students as prizes for winners are primarily meant for the provision of infrastructure for schools and scholarships for students.

Omoniyi further pledged continued advancement of the cause of the Kwara State government through right engagement and collaboration, towards creation of the Kwara of our dream.

In their various remarks, the Proprietress of the school that came first at the competition, Shepherd Senior Secondary School, Lafiagi, Mrs Rebecca Gana stated that the prize of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira Only) to the school, was expended on construction of perimeter fencing of the school as proposed to the Service.

She expressed her gratitude, and added that the fencing of the school served both security measure and a facelift for the school.

Speaking for Government Unity Secondary School, Kaiama, the first runner up, the Principal, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammed Namalla, stated that he was impressed that the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi kept to the promise of ensuring all outstanding prizes from the last administration were paid up.

He pointed out that although the initial project plan was to use the awarded prize of N2, 000,000.00 (Two Million Naira Only) to the school for renovation of the school building, but for the speedy intervention of His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in the dilapidated state of his school and a comprehensive renovation of the school done by Governor Abdulrazaq, the project prize as given by KW-IRS was used for procurement of the needed furniture and for construction of sporting arena for the school.

The second runner up, Agbonna High School, Share, in its project presentation, displayed pictures of the completed renovated library, furniture and books procured for the school with the prize of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira Only).

The project manager of the school, Mrs Afusat Musa, sadly noted that, the completed project for the school as sponsored by KW-IRS and other buildings of the school were set ablaze at the last communal crises between Share and Ikange communities of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State and called for urgent intervention of the State government to allow for normal activities to resume in the school.

Other category of awards was for the three Best Teachers, whose schools came 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions at the 2018 tax club quiz competition. Each of the teacher received a cash prize of N300, 000.00, N200, 000.00 and N100, 000.00 respectively.

Similarly, prizes to the eighteen students that made it to the finals were categorized into N500, 000.00 for each of the student in the 1st  position, N300,000.00 for each student in the 2nd position,  N150,000.00 for 3rd position, N100,000.00 and N75,000.00 for students in 4th and 5th positions.

Recipients of the prizes disclosed that they have lost hope in getting the prizes redemeed, considering the year the event was held. They expressed their joy, appreciation, timely and life-changing situations the payment of the prizes were for the schools and their families and prayed God’s continuous blessings and wisdom on Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and all working with him for the growth and peace of Kwara state.

Giving her response on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, the Assistant Director, School Services, Mrs Alalade R. I who represented the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, lauded the gesture of the State through the KW-IRS and encouraged all beneficiaries of the prizes to embrace the tax quiz competition put up by State for what it is.

“This tax competition is not for the financial benefits therein, but to have knowledge of taxes and taxation. Let the citizens of our dear State and every taxable adult you come across, know that it is barbaric not to pay tax”, she said.

Mrs Alalade, who has been the schedule officer for the Tax Quiz Competition from the Ministry since its inception, joined her voice to that of the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS to reiterate that the government of the day is caring and will continue to advance education and youth-centred development in the State.

The ceremony had in attendance the Director, Admin and Operations, KW-IRS, Olatunji Balogun, Director, Legal and Compliance, KW-IRS, Shehu Mogaji Abdullahi Esq.  Others at the event include the constituted committee members of tax club quiz competition for KW-IRS, who are also staff of the Service, headed by Babatunde Salawu and staff of Corporate Affairs department of KW-IRS.

Signed
Corporate Affair Department, KW-IRS
18th May, 2021

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Happy Eid-ul-Fitr celebration

We wish all our esteemed taxpayers Happy Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

May the Almighty Allah fill you all with His blessings and happiness!

INVITATION TO 2021 PAY- AS- YOU- EARN (PAYE) WORKSHOP

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) invites all Directed Employers of Labour in the State to the 2021 PAYE workshop, on the “OPERATION OF PAYE SCHEME AND OTHER STATUTORY DEDUCTIONS”, scheduled to hold as follows:

Venue:  Kwara State Banquet Hall, Opposite Government House, Ilorin
Date:  Tuesday, 25th May 2021
Time:   10:00am

The workshop will expose directed employers of labour to the procedures required in carrying out correct deductions of PAYE from salaries of staff, other deductible taxes as provided by Law and all concerns as regards to tax deductions in line with the implementation of the Finance Act 2020 and it promises to be educative and enlightening.

Please note that expected attendees at the workshop are Accounting Officers or any other Officers handling salary/pay roll of various organizations in the State.

For further enquiries, kindly call 08035067275 or 07006959477.
You can also contact us on helpdesk@kw-irs.com, KwaraIRS on Facebook & Twitter and @kwirs on Instagram.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
15th May, 2021

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2021 KW-IRS TAX CLUB QUIZ COMPETITION

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development wish to announce the commencement of the registration of the 2021 Secondary Schools’ Tax Club Quiz Competition.

Interested Secondary Schools across the State, both Private and Public, are to visit the KW-IRS Tax Club Portal on the KW-IRS official website at taxclub.irs.kw.gov.ng to complete the Expression of Interest form, as provided, between 10th of May and 6th of June, 2021.

The registration portal closes on the 6th of June, 2021.

Screening and grouping of registered schools start on the 7th of June, 2021 and end on the 18th of June 2021, while the competition timetable will be communicated to successful shortlisted schools via email, from 21st to 30th June 2021.

Also, the Round One and Round Two of the competition will hold in the Three Senatorial Districts; Kwara South, Kwara North, and Kwara Central from 5th to 23rd July 2021.

The Semi-Final and Final stages of the competition come up on the 4th November 2021.

For further enquiries, schools can send email to helpdesk@kw-irs.com, call 07006959477, visit KW-IRS official website on www.kw-irs.com or any of its social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter @KwaraIRS; Instagram @kwirs.

Interested schools can also visit the KW-IRS Corporate Head Office on 27 Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A Ilorin, Kwara State or any of its offices across the State.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
10th May, 2021.

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KW-IRS visits Kwara Polytechnic, seeks improved revenue generation

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, led her management team and some staff to the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin today, 6th May, 2021 on a working visit.

Speaking during the visit, Shade Omoniyi noted the State Polytechnic remains partners in progress with the KW-IRS and she is confident that the meeting will equally result in mutually beneficial resolutions.

Prominent among issues discussed was the Service desire to promote transparency and visibility in its administration through its automated system.

The Executive Chairman enjoined the Kwara State Polytechnic management to equally uphold same virtues particularly by ensuring transparency of its payment portal, furnishing KW-IRS with list of business operators within its premises, and making sure PAYE are correctly deducted and remitted.

While commending the institution for its timely submission of Nominal Rolls, she encouraged similar timeliness in its rendition of Annual Tax returns, monthly schedule for PAYE, Development Levy, and Withholding Tax.

In addition, she charged the institution to ensure remittance of statutory deductions of Stamp Duty, Development Levy and Withholding Tax from all contracts carried out by the institution.

The Rector of the institution, Engineer Abdul Jimoh Mohammed, in his remark, said that the Polytechnic remain committed and willing to continue to be partners in progress with KW-IRS and pledged the full corporation of the institution in ensuring the Service meets its target.

The Rector also gave assurance that the institution has been remitting all due as revenue and would further assist by directing the Business Premises Committee of the institution to compile the list as requested by KW-IRS in order to jointly improve IGR of the State for its strategic development.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
6th May 2021

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AstraZeneca Jab: KW-IRS Staff gets Covid-19 Vaccine

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), as part of its continuous effort in ensuring the safety of its workforce, organized in-house vaccination exercise for its staff members.

The two-day exercise took place at the Service Corporate Head office, in Ilorin, on the 5th and 6th May 2021, and was administered by the medical team of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The top management team and staff of the Service who received their jabs, during the exercise confirmed that the vaccine is safe, charging other members of staff with erroneous beliefs about the vaccine to desist from spreading falsehood and make use of this opportunity to get themselves immuned against the coronavirus as required.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, in her address to staff, reiterated that the vaccine is safe, noting that, the vaccine is most necessary, considering the fact that the staff of the Service are also front line workers, who attend and have contact with several individual taxpayers on daily basis.

Importantly, with the rise in the number of cases recorded in India in the last few months and the threats of a third wave, it is a step in the right direction.

She equally encouraged Kwarans to ensure they get vaccinated and continue to stay safe, and abide by all safety measures put in place by the Kwara State Government.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
6th May 2021

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KW-IRS Executive Chairman receives CITN Award, pledges more mutual partnership with the Institute

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi today Thursday 29th April, 2021 received a special recognition  award from the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

The special award of excellence was formally presented to the Executive Chairman at the KW-IRS Corporate Head Office, Ilorin, by members of the CITN Ilorin and District Society.

Addressing the KW-IRS Executive Chairman during the presentation, the District’s newly appointed Chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Taiwo Abdulrasheed, while expressing his appreciation to the Service for its immense support and to his predecessors, the District as a whole, and also the Institute’s headquarters in Lagos State also prayed for success for both the Executive Chairman and the Service in its onerous task of revenue generation for the strategic development of the State.

The new CITN boss also conveyed his desire to have KW-IRS continual contribution and partnership on various programmes of the Institute including its Annual Tax Week, Mandatory Professional Training Programme (MPTP), Annual Tax Conference, and CITN Tax Academy, among others.

Hon. Abdulrasheed revealed that the Tax Academy, which had begun operation from an allocated office at the Kwara State University, Malete, Contact Centre, is set up for the training of would-be tax practitioners as several courses are already available for study in various aspects of taxation.

He noted that the KW-IRS had been at the forefront in facilitating the take-off of the Academy by liaising with the Kwara State Government and therefore urged that the Service to be the first to take advantage of the available programmes designed to enhance its staff.

The KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi expressed her delight while receiving the CITN guests, congratulated the new executive members and prayed for a successful tenure filled with landmark achievements.

She applauded the gender-friendly stance of the District as two of the newly appointed executives were female. She noted that the long-standing partnership between the two organizations remains worthy of being further nurtured and even sustained beyond the current status.

She assured that the KW-IRS will play major role in the forthcoming Annual Tax Conference scheduled to hold in May 2021 as usual in-spite of the limited resources either through physical means or virtually.

Shade Omoniyi re-emphasized her gratitude for the symbiotic relationship between the CITN and the KW-IRS over the years while hoping that the Institute continues to keep the Service abreast of valuable tax-related issues capable of improving the state’s IGR.

Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
29th April, 2021

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REMINDER ON KW-IRS RECRUITMENT CBT EXAMINATION

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), wishes to remind all shortlisted applicants for the 2021 Area Office Recruitment Computer Based Test (CBT), scheduled to hold tomorrow Saturday, 1st of May, 2021, at the Kwara State College of Education, CBT Centre, Ilorin, to check their emails for the examination details.

Only shortlisted applicants will get the examination details in their emails.

Kindly note too, that KW-IRS recruitment is FREE.

Please be guided!

Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
30th April, 2021

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KW-IRS hosts Inter-Ministerial Committee members, seeks improved revenue generation of the State

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) as part of its continuous collaboration with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to boost revenue generation in the state today Wednesday 28th April, 2021 hosted members of the inter-ministerial committee at the Corporate Head Office in Ilorin.

The committee members which was drawn from different Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state met for the first time today to strategize plans on how to improve revenue collections from their respective offices.

Speaking at strategic session, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Shade Omoniyi commended the turnout of members of the committee despite their busy schedules.

She explained that the essence of constituting the inter-ministerial committee is to assemble hardworking members from the MDAs and ensure they all come together with strategies  as a team towards an improved IGR of the State.

In her opening remarks, the Head of Service to the Kwara State Government, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole, urged members to deploy their wealth of experience and show unwavering commitment to deliver on the task ahead of them.

In her words “There is no good success without collaboration, the civil service and KW-IRS are working for a common goal which is to block revenue leakages and improve collection, it is therefore our duty to ignite our passion for the Service in-order to achieve this great goal for the state”

Speaking on the importance of the committee and its significance to the IGR sustainability of the State, Shade Omoniyi explained that idea of the committee came up as a deliberate attempt to address the continuous dwindling federal allocation. “The objective of this committee is to augment FAAC by increasing the revenue for the development of Kwara State” she added.

Earlier, in his address, Akeem Alabi, Head, Ministries, KW-IRS, who spoke on tapping revenue potentials in the MDAs, identified various areas in which revenue can be generated to meet the objectives of improved collection, he further expatiated on the various challenges experienced at the ministries and ways of solving them using available limited resources.

“The time has come for the State to take what rightfully belongs to it from businesses, we need to review and expand our various sources of revenue such as Licenses, Fees, Fines, Charges, Rates, Rent and Sales; This will go a long way in increasing the Internally Generated Revenue of the State and ensure the continued sustainability of the State in the face of dwindling allocation from the centre” He stated.

Speaking further at the meeting, in respect to the implications of the 2020 Financial on IGR in Kwara State, Sunday Agbana decried the significances of the 2020 Financial Act  on the“Pay As You Earn”(PAYE) and the overall collection in the State.

“The Service was generating an average of N127million monthly from low income earners, invariably, people in paid employment who earns N30,000 and below are automatically exempted from payment of tax according to the Act, KW-IRS like other states IRS would bear the brunt of revenue loss in sectors paying national minimum wage to their employees” He explained

The interactive session also provided opportunity for members of the committee to share their various challenges faced within their ministries and solicited support from the Kwara State Government and KW-IRS in particular in the areas of provision  of logistics to further bring about efficiency in their various collection processes.

Shade Omoniyi in her closing remarks thanked members present at the meeting  and for the shared ideas while expressing her delight that the event came into fruition after series of deliberations. “This is a strategic meeting and I look forward to a continuous beneficial relationship with all the MDAs in State”

However, the inter-ministerial committee membership was drawn from the MDAs in the state with the inclusion of some KW-IRS Management staff and also a few staff of the Service.

Signed Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
28th April, 2021

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ICAN Principal Officers visit KW-IRS

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 received in audience the principal officers of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) as part of its working visit for the 6th Annual International Academic Conference on Account and Finance held in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

The Conference hosted in collaboration with the University of Ilorin has its focus on Tax planning and policy as one of the key areas needed for business growth.

In her welcome address, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi appreciated the presence of the visiting team, commended that the institute has no doubt contributed immensely to the development of the nation’s financial sector given its over 52,000 membership spread across Nigeria.

In her response, the 56th President of the Institute, Dame Onome Joy Adewuyi expressed her delight over KW-IRS Executive Chairman’s exemplary leadership qualities which has led her to becoming the Managing Director/Chief Executive of FBN Mortgages Limited, Group Head, Public sector of the First Bank covering Lagos state and Federal Agencies in the state.

She further noted that her wealth of knowledge in the financial sector is no doubt parts of the reasons she became the favorite of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the post of Executive Chairman of the Service.

In her words of assurance on the Executive Chairman, Adewuyi said “We have confidence that you are bringing to bear your industry experience into improving the revenue base of Kwara State and this is reflecting in the state’s steady increase in the internally generated revenue in recent times moving from a ranking of 16th position in 2018 to the 5th position in 2019”

The continuous engagement of stakeholders, non-financial supportive policies and effective communication strategies for taxpayers especially the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), increased investment in digital technology to capture digital enterprises are some of the issues discussed during the familiarization visit.

She lauded the Executive Chairman for the various opportunities given to the ICAN members in the Service while appealing for a more robust support by enrolling members for more training programs.

“ICAN is willing to collaborate with KW-IRS through its Taxation and Fiscal Policy Faculty to build capacity of its members in the area of tax administration”, she said.

Reacting to some of the issues raised by the ICAN president with cognizance to areas of technology, the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi explained that the Service started the implementation of its technology solution to tax administration in January, 2020 but was halted by the outbreak of the global pandemic, though the Service has been able to beat its target in the first quarter of 2021 giving the credit to the adoption of technology introduced to the collection process.

Shade Omoniyi further reiterated continuous support of the Service to every member of staff for the achievement of the overall goal of the Service.

She assured that KW-IRS had always taken into consideration professional qualification even during recruitment exercises and it is not relenting its effort in continuous training and retraining of the staff both at all levels.

The courtesy call had in attendance top Management staff of KW-IRS, ICAN Management members and ICAN members who doubles as staff of KW-IRS.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
20th April, 2021.

KW-IRS posts highest revenue since inception, explains 2020 IGR drop

…Generates N9.5bn in Q1 2021

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS),on Tuesday, 20th April, 2021,announced that it generated N9,598,504,939.90 in the first quarter of 2021, a feat it credited to its increased adoption of technology and steady blockage of leakages within the tax administration system.

The figure is the highest ever collected by the agency without any extraordinary item at any quarter since its founding in 2016.

Addressing a news briefing in Ilorin, the State capital, KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, explained that the drop in revenue generation in 2020 was expected because of the COVID-19 restrictions, Kwara’s uncompromising adherence to tax break and waivers for businesses during the period, and the fact of its operations being majorly manual as at last year, 2020.

She said the hugely manual nature of its operations as of last year meant that its staff were unable to move around to collect taxes as COVID-19 hit harder.

Omoniyi said the feat was recorded without any new raise in the tax rate, even as the agency made deliberate steps to tackle multiple taxation.

Her words: “Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) since inception has operated a manual tax administration system. This means assessment and collection of relevant taxes payable to the State Government from both KW-IRS and other MDAs are on contact basis. Despite this, the Service has recorded steady IGR growth over the years. Upon its assumption of office in October 2019, the Service’s new management began working tirelessly to sustain this momentum. These efforts culminated in the IGR growth from N23billion as at 30th September to N30.7billion as at the end of the year, 2019.

“The Service did not rest on its oars as various revenue and cost-cutting initiatives were immediately implemented to shore up the State IGR while it worked assiduously to automate its revenue and tax administration processes. The various revenue leakage blockages paid off when in quarter one of 2020,the Service generated N7billion. However, with the spread of the Corona Virusand subsequent lockdown of the State by the government towards the end of March and up until May, the State IGR plummeted to N2billion. Given that the state’s economy was greatly affected by the lockdown and the State’s collection system was still contact-based as at this time, it was only to be expected that no serious activities would happen in the revenue space for that period. It is also known that Kwara State was one of the States who followed the Covid19 protocols fully which is a main factor for the Q2 2020 revenue performance. In addition, you may recall that the State was adjudged as one of the highest in performance and proactiveness in the fight against Covid19 on all indices by various monitoring entities. Recently, there was a  similar feat of the government in the administration of the Covid19 vaccination where the State topped all other States.

“Notwithstanding, with the gradual easing of the lockdown, revenue generation by the Service again shot up to N4billion in Q3 2020 and N6billion in the Q4 of 2020. Thus, it is made obvious that the low IGR figures in Q2 and Q3 and consequent dip in 2020 IGR performance are solely attributable to the Covid-19 incidence and our contact-based collection which proved quite ineffective while the lockdown lasted. These observations were enumerated in the quarterly revenue collections reports released by the Service in year 2020.

“The Service has since then not stopped working round the clock to recover lost grounds. Thus, in the first quarter of 2021, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) recorded an Internally Generated Revenue of N9,598,504,939.90 (Nine Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety Eight Million, Five Hundred and Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty Nine Naira, Ninety Kobo Only), the highest so far in the history of the Service without an extraordinary item.

“Having mapped out strategies to achieving its IGR target for the current fiscal year, the first quarter collections show steady and significant growth, month-on-month as indicated below:

MonthRevenue Generated( ₦ )
January 2,984,312,074.60
February 3,058,746,474.21
March 3,555,446,391.09
Total 9,598,504,939.90

“This feat of KW-IRS in Q1, 2021 was a great improvement over the N6, 227,099,973.42 raked in, in the last quarter of 2020. It is a reflection of the relentless efforts of the Service in bringing seamlessness to Tax Administration through automation and introduction of online payment platforms to ease payment of all taxes. It is also a reflection of the Harmonized Bill recently introduced to serve the following benefits among others: calculates, consolidates and communicates all payable tax revenue and non-tax revenue as applicable to each eligible taxpayer in the State, within any assessment year; Brings all eligible businesses into the Tax net; Stops illegal negotiations between taxpayers and collectors in the Ministries or KW-IRS offices and prevents diversion of funds; Displays all taxes due for payment by a particular taxpayer to block most of the leakages and educates on double and multiple taxation by showing that a single entity or taxpayer could be charged to different revenue lines depending on nature of business.

“In addition to the Harmonized Bill, other initiatives have been introduced. This includes re-profiling of our taxpayers, making mandato y the submission of schedules along remittances; carrying out prompt enforcement on recalcitrant taxpayers, expansion of ticketing model for the informal sector etc. The remarkable growth in the 2021 first quarter IGR is equally an indication that the Kwara State Government continues in its efforts to ensure the economic activities of the State recovers fast from the crippling effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, in spite of the drive to increase IGR, has not introduced new taxes since the inception of the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; the required and legitimate taxes due are what are being paid by taxpayers and collected appropriately into the coffers of the State. All revenue lines of the MDAs in Kwara State are same as approved and as provided by existing relevant laws.

“KW-IRS will continue to work to ensure improvement in revenue generation; a veritable support for the Federal allocation to ensure the State Government meets its responsibilities and the desires of Kwarans. The Service will also continue its collaboration with all MDAs and Stakeholders in the State for effective and efficient collection of all that is legally due from taxpayers. The Service will strategically and systematically play its part by using the most appropriate technology and committed workforce for the growth of revenue for the State.”

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
20th April,2021

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