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KW-IRS Commits To Continuous Collaboration With Stakeholders In The State.

…Lauds R.T.E.A.N on the completion of Secretariat Complex in Ilorin.

In line with the resolve of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to continue to collaborate with stakeholders in the State, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, was represented by the Head, Informal Sector Department, KW-IRS Maimunat Amasa and other staff of the Service, at the occasion of the commissioning of the newly built secretariat complex of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (R.T.E.A.N) in Ilorin on Thursday 1st April, 2021.

Declaring the ceremony open,the Chairman,R.T.E.A.N, Kwara State, Alhaji
Abdulrahman Olayinka Onikijipa, welcomed all distinguished guests to the auspicious ocassion.

In his opening remarks, the National President R.T.E.A.N, Alhaji Musa Mohammed, commended the Kwara State Chapter of the Association for fostering peace and unity amongst members and various stakeholders in the State, imploring them to remain humble and be good ambassadors of the association, the State of harmony,their families and
Nigeria in general.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly,  Engr. Yahaya Danladi  lauded the manner in which RTEAN, Kwara State chapter, has operated in peace, love and unity over the years,which has brought remarkable recognition and prestige to the association in the State.

Engr. Danladi further expressed satisfaction in the manner the RTEAN has related peacefully with other sister unions in the State and at the national level.

He further assured the Association of the support of Governor Abdulrahman-led administration in the provision of social amenities that makes live pleasant for all and in promoting ease of doing
business in the State.

Giving her remarks, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi,through her representative,Maimunat Amasa, also commended the Kwara State chapter of the R.T.E.A.N, under the able Chairmanship of Alhaji Abdulrahman Onikijipa for their compliance to tax payment and support towards an improved revenue generation for the State. She added that the association has been a partner in progress and it is important for KW-IRS to be part of its landmark achievements.Shade Omoniyi pledged the unwavering support of the Service to the association.

In his response,the Chairman, R.T.E.A.N, Kwara State, appreciated the presence of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the National President R.T.E.A.N , Alhaji Musa Mohammed, the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly Eng. Yakubu Danladi,the Executive Chairman,KW-IRS,amongst several other dignitaries in attendance.

Major highlight of the ceremony was the official
commissioning of the R.T.E.A.N Secretariat complex by His Royal Highness,the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, in company of the Honorable Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly, Engr. Danladi, the Host & National Chairmen, R.T.E.A.N,Alhaji Onikijipa and Alhaji Mohammed and many other dignitaries.

KW-IRS Official Release On Its Harmonized Bill

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS) in its continued efforts to carry out its mandate of revenue generation for the strategic development of Kwara State has introduced the Harmonized Bill as a tool of collection of all revenue due for payment from taxpayers across the State. 
The Harmonized bill is one of the automation strategies of the Service to improve on its collection activities, bring all eligible entities or businesses into the Tax net and enhance collections in the State. 
The harmonized bill is to achieve some of the following:
1.Compute, consolidate and communicate all payable tax revenue and non-tax revenue as applicable to each eligible taxpayer in the State,within any assessment year. 
2.Stop illegal negotiation between taxpayers and revenue officers in the Ministries or KW-IRS, as well as avoid diversion of government’s money into personal pockets. 
3. Block most of the leakages through the display of all taxes due for payment by a tax payer and provide education on double and multiple taxation. A single entity could be charged to different revenue lines depending on the nature of business. 
4. Indicate the level of tax compliance by showing both current and outstanding liabilities of each taxpayer in a single document. 
It is important to state that,KW-IRS has not  reviewed revenue fee or introduced new taxes to tax payers since the current administration took over. All revenue lines currently being collected have been in existence.
KW-IRS has however introduced an approach to ensuring required and legitimate tax due are paid by taxpayers and collected appropriately into the coffers of the State. 
We have advised MDAs to allow taxpayers with arrears, access government benefits when they pay their dues for the current year, while they come up with plans for the payment of their outstanding liabilities.
All revenue lines of the MDAs in Kwara State on the harmonized bill are the same as approved and as provided by existing relevant laws. 
This revenue drive in the State, with the introduction of the harmonized bill, will improve the tax compliance in the State and bring about an enhanced revenue generation which is  a veritable support for the Federal allocation in ensuring the government meets its responsibilities and desires of Kwarans. 
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service will continue to collaborate with all MDAs and Stakeholders in the State for effective and efficient collection of all that is legally due from taxpayers and enjoins all taxpayers to seek clarifications from appropriate sources when in doubt. 

Signed 

Shade Omoniyi

Executive Chairman, KW-IRS

08/03/2021

KW-IRS meets Ministry of Health on Revenue Enhancement for the State

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), in furtherance of its working visits to Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in the State, made a stop at the Ministry of Health on Friday, 5th March,2021.

The Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi, who led the team of Director of Admin and Operations, Olatunji Balogun, and other staff of the Service, reiterated that the visit aimed to promote productive partnership between KW-IRS and Kwara MDAs.

Shade Omoniyi expressed her anticipation that the meeting will birth decisions that will help both parties improve their working relationship, block revenue leakages, and meet the set budget of the State. She stated the setback experienced across the globe in the year 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant effects in the inability of the State to perform as expected. The Executive Chairman noted that the Service intends to have an all year Tax advocacy and Enforcement for the year 2021 across the State, to enable it to recover the loses of 2020 and put the State on a better standing.

Shade Omoniyi further solicited more cooperation and collaboration from the Ministry of Health, just as it has always been in the business of revenue drive for the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Abubakar Olayiwola Ayinla, while welcoming and appreciating the KW-IRS team, remarked that working with KW-IRS is what the Ministry has long accepted to do, to put the State where it should be in terms of IGR generation. “We are working for the same system and together we must ensure efficient delivery of all required of us,” said Dr.Ayinla.

He did not hold back to mention efforts of the State government in ensuring health care becomes more accessible and affordable in State and also the projects embarked on by the government to make lives much better for all Kwarans.

Dr. Ayinla added that the provision of appropriate and required equipment by the government and taking absolute ownership of facilities in the State will not only improve revenue generation but will also eliminate every personal interest that could hinder revenue growth for the State.

The Ministry further observed the need for KW-IRS to also strengthen its relationship with the Hospital Management Board by reviewing some cost of services being rendered in the hospitals, consider medical services running partially free at both the primary and secondary health centres in the State, utilize the revenue potentials in the newly built oxygen plants and other facilities in the State.

Brainstorming further on ways to improving the IGR of the State, both teams reviewed some pertinent issues, such as assistance in pushing for quick approval of the budget of the Ministry to carry out monitoring and inspection of health facilities across the State and attending to some serviceable equipment of the Ministry, particularly vehicles to aid movement and drive of revenue.

Other issues are the need to look into proper regularization of the engagement of the traditional medicine consultant currently driving that revenue line and the difficulty in curtailing the overlap of revenue lines between the State and Local Governments despite revenue harmonization of collection.

In her response, the KW-IRS boss disclosed efforts of the Service on the automation of collection processes to reduce human contact with cash by making POS available at payment points in hospitals. She further promised to discuss issues around overlapping revenue lines at the Joint Revenue Committee meeting with the Local Government Councils DPM and also consult with other required quarters with the hope of coming up with long-lasting and effective solutions.

The meeting of the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS and her team with the Permanent Secretary of Ministry Health had in attendance the Directors and Controller of Finance and Accounts of the Ministry.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
5/3/2021

KW-IRS Partners Ministry of Justice on Effective and Efficient Tax Administration

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KW-IRS, on Thursday, organized a One-Day Capacity Development Training for the Staff of the Revenue Department of the State’s Ministry of Justice.

The training held at KW-IRS, discussed the roles of the Kwara State Ministry of Justice in the administration of the General Principles of Taxation, Personal Income Tax, and Land Administration for Kwara State.

In her welcome address, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, who was represented by the Director, Legal and Compliance Directorate of the Service, Abdullahi Sheu Mogaji, called for both the Ministry of Justice and KW-IRS to collaborate more in ensuring effective and efficient Tax Administration finds its feet in the State.

The staff of KW-IRS took their turns to speak to various topics on taxation at the training.

Speaking to the laws as it relates to revenue generation, particularly as applied to the Nigerian States, such as laws for the creation of statutory bodies, ministries, agencies, parastatals, a staff of the Legal and Compliance Directorate of the Service, Mary Ibiwoye, noted that the role of the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Justice is basically to support KW-IRS in the enforcement of Tax defaulters to ensure total compliance in the State.

On the general principles of taxation, the Head, Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Bolakale Imam, further explained that equity, certainty, convenience, flexibility remain some of the major canons of taxation on which a good tax system are built, charging both the Service and Ministry of Justice to build a virile tax system for the State.

He added that for the Service to adequately carry out its mandate, full administrative autonomy needs to be given by the State government.

The Head, Tax Assessment Department, Sunday Agbana, in his submission, explained issues bordering on Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Direct Assessment, Filing of Tax Annual Returns, Validity of Assessment, Personal Income Tax (PIT) collection Procedures and Final and Conclusive Assessment.

“When we talk about Personal Income Tax, there are two collection methods of administration- PAYE and Direct Assessment. While PAYE is meant to administer personal Income Tax of people in paid employment, Direct Assessment is for Self-employed individuals/Ventures/Enterprises”, Agbana explained.

On the Kwara State Land Administration, Land Charge Laws, 2009 as amended, the Head, Property Tax at KW-IRS, Olanike Wole-Oke, also spoke on the roles of the Bureau of Lands in the assessment and generation of the Land Charge Bills.

She stated that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, enables the Kwara State Government to consolidate all ground Rent Laws, Land related laws into a new land-based charge called Land Charge Law No. 7, 2009.

Corroborating the discourse on the land charge administration in the State, a Manager in the Property
Tax Department of the Service, Abayomi Ajiboso, took participants through the process of assessment and computation of land charge, adding that enumeration, uploading to the data bank, reconciliation of data, and calculation of Land Charge using the stator formula, form the process of land charge assessment.

The participants were exposed to the fact that Property Tax in Kwara State is taking a new dimension with the introduction of the Geographical Information Service, continuous improvement in automated processes, and system synchronization of relevant MDAs involved in landed property and Real Estate matters, noting that, the Ministry of Justice has a significant role to play in the generation of revenue for the State through more collaboration with the Service.

The participants lauded KW-IRS for the initiative and exposition to ways to enhancing IGR for the State, with a promise to put to use all learning points of the training.

Participants at the training include the staff of KW-IRS and the Ministry of Justice.

The training witnessed the presentation of certificates to all participants.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
5/3/2021

Harnessing Revenue Potentials In Kwara: KW-IRS Continues It’s Working Visits To MDAs

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, with her team, on Friday, 26th February 2021, paid visits to the Ministries of Communications Water Resources and Energy, in continuation of the working visits embarked on by the Service, which is aimed at strengthening the relationship between KW-IRS and MDAs in the State.

The Permanent Secretaries, Hajia Robiat AbdulRahman of the Ministry of Communications, Alhaji Okanlawon Olanrewaju of Ministry of Water Resources, and Mr. Rotimi Banigbe of Ministry of Energy, all emphasized need to put in place required infrastructure to deal adequately with challenges in the MDAs.

In her statement, Hajia Robiat Abdulrahman appreciated the synergy meeting and opportunity to discuss on way forward to improving on activities of her ministry, particularly in the areas of need for vehicles to carry out required revenue roles and in sponsorship of orientation programs on the State’s media to further create awareness on the importance of tax compliance to the activities of the government.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Alhaji Okanlawon in his submission, also stated the need for both KW-IRS and MDAs to join hands in blocking revenue leakages and judiciously put to use available resources in the State.

He added that illegal drawing of raw water for consumption and water pollution are challenges being faced by the Ministry, stressing that, even though there are adequate water dams for tertiary distribution of water to serve the entire State, people need to take up the responsibility of ownership and management of government resources around them.

Alhaji Okanlawon disclosed the efforts being put in place by the Kwara State government on water reticulation to get water to every household, which could translate to revenue for the State when completed and promised continuous advocacy by its ministry to surmount all challenges.

At the Ministry of Energy, the Permanent Secretary, Mr.Banigbe expressed his satisfaction with the already established mutual relationship between KW-IRS and his Ministry, noting that, the Ministry will not relent in its efforts to doing much better.

He stated that issues they had in the past have been clarified and they now focus on the few revenue items clearly outlined for the Ministry. He added that the Ministry is doing all possible to energize the transformers already bought for some areas in need within the State.

In her response, the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi called for frequent meetings of MDAs and the KW-IRS, in order to come up with common positions beneficial to the State.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, reiterated that the sole responsibility of the Service is to collect and report IGR for the State. She acknowledged the fact, that KW-IRS needs all partners for excellent performance, because the revenue budget of MDAs is the revenue budget of KW-IRS, amongst others.

A continuous working relationship is therefore very key to achieving the developmental goals of the State. Speaking to hindrances militating against proper service delivery and revenue drive, the KW-IRS boss noted that, the Service does not have access to funds to purchase vehicles for MDAs, but open to collaboration, as it relates to working with available resources.

KW-IRS receives monthly subvention, just as all other Ministries and Agencies of government to run its affairs and might not be capable of meeting up with the vehicle needs raised as they were.

She however encouraged the Ministries to draw up a schedule of revenue activities and enforcement, which could run alongside activities of the KW-IRS, just as already being done by some other Ministries.
Similarly, to reducing the challenge of vehicles, proposition of repairs of unused vehicles of the government was raised by the Ministry of Communications to ease movement on revenue drive.

The Executive Chairman stated the consciousness of the Service to Communication with the public and will continue to utilize all options available especially through the use of technology, through its social media platforms to disseminate basic information and activities, as the need arises.

The meeting impressed it on all to look at ways to making the infrastructure of the State more functional, with a strong appeal for the patronage of government services and taking responsibility for protecting Government assets.

Mrs. Omoniyi appealed for better collaboration in all MDAs to ensure relevant and immediate resolutions to support improving IGR for the State are explored.

Corporate Affairs Department,
KW-IRS.
25/2/2021

Mobilizing Revenue for the Strategic Development of Kwara: A collaborative drive between KW-IRS and MDAs

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, today, Thursday, 25th February 2021, commenced working visits to Permanent Secretaries in the State Ministries.

The first point of call was on the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, TPL. Isiaq Yinka Oloorukoba, with the DPM of the Ministry, Mr. Mayaki in attendance.

In her remarks,Shade Omoniyi stated that the objective of the visit was to discuss issues around Tax Administration and facilitate more effective alliance between KW-IRS and the Ministries towards an enhanced revenue generation for the State.

The visiting team comprised, Director, Admin and Operations,KW-IRS,  who doubles as the Ag. Director, MDAs, Olatunji Balogun and other staff of KW-IRS.

Prominent among issues raised at the synergy meeting were minimizing intermediaries between taxpayers and the destination of their payments, through adoption of complete automation of the payment process to replace physical payment and receipts issuance, which is currently obtainable.

The Executive Chairman noted that automation of all processes of revenue administration and collections is the way to go.

In addition, since KW-IRS now has presence in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the State, it is not out of place to have KW-IRS staff at these locations and be responsible for revenue collection.

While agreeing with the ideas, TPL. Oloorukoba stated that gradual taking over of the collection process would be a more effective approach,with better monitoring mechanism put in place, particularly on receipts issuance to prevent any form of revenue leakages or flight.

A visit was equally made to the Ministry of Environment to further strengthen the relationship and to reiterate the fact that revenue drive for the State is for both MDAs and KW-IRS and should be seen as such to achieving a common goal of developing the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Pastor Kolawole Ojo, and KW-IRS team brainstormed on best ways to synergize with other agencies and consultants of the Ministry in the best interest of Kwara.

The meeting further deliberated on need for required procedures to be followed in engaging consultants for Waste Management by the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA) and harmonize similar revenue lines in Ministries.

Other issues discussed include the  separation of  the management and collection on Gaseous Emissions.

It was proposed that the Kwara State Automated Inspection Service (KWAVIS) manages all that has to do with emission from vehicles while the Ministry of Environment be made to manage emissions from stationary machines such as generators and plants.

Modalities for these processes and other ways to improving on current operations in Ministries will be jointly worked out in no distant time.

Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS.
25/2/2021

KW-IRS commits to continuous diligence: Recovers another stolen vehicle

The Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) department of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has again succeeded in the feat of recovering a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle, which was stolen on Fola Agoro Street, Shomolu, Lagos State on 12th November 2020, was brought to the Phase 1 office of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Ilorin on Friday, 19th February 2021, in an attempt to have revalidation done on it.

In the process of running necessary checks to confirm ownership of the vehicle, it was discovered that efforts had previously been made to register the vehicle and the discovery showed conflicting details of persons on the registration and the new number plate registered also discovered to be fake.

Following these revelations by the MLA officials, arrests of seven suspects have been made by the police and they are currently being investigated, as the vehicle had changed hands several times.

Mr. Nzemoa Ejikeme Simon, the confirmed owner of the stolen car, visited the KW-IRS Head office on the 24th February 2021, to show his appreciation to the Service.

In his words, “the recovery of my vehicle after four months was made possible by the due diligence of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service during the process of revalidation.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to KW-IRS and pray that God will continue to empower and enable the organization and Kwara State, to sanitizing our society of criminal tendencies”.

Corporate Affairs Department
KW-IRS
25/02/2021

Condolence

The Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service condole with the Ajase-Ipo Community, the entire Irepodun Local Government Area and the State on the death of the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo and Chairman, Irepodun Local Government Traditional Council, His Royal Highness, Oba Sikiru Atanda Sanni Woleola, (Ilufemiloye II).

We pray the Almighty Allah have mercy on his soul,forgive his sins and grant him Aljanah Firdaus.

We pray that the families,communities and State, have the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Our condolences once again.

Signed

Shade Omoniyi
Executive Chairman
22/02/2021

KWSG Appoints New Director For KW-IRS

The Kwara State Government has announced the appointment of Abdullahi Shehu Mogaji as the Director, Legal & Compliance for the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).

According to the Kwara State Government, the appointment takes immediate effect.

Abdullahi Shehu Mogaji holds a degree in Law at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated in 1997.

He possesses vast knowledge in Corporate governance, Commercial Law and practice, Civil and Criminal Litigation, Company Law, and Secretarial practice.

Barrister Mogaji headed Adebayo Adelodun & Co., where he provided several legal representations and advisory roles.

He was also a staff of the defunct Trade Bank Plc where he rendered legal services,represented the bank on several legal occasions before setting up his private legal practice in 2006 in Ilorin, Kwara State.

In 2014, Barrister Abdullahi Shehu Mogaji was appointed the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to Harmony Holdings Limited for the three subsidiary companies – Harmony Transport Services Limited, Kwara Football Academy and Kwara Ethnix Design Limited. He also rendered shared services to Kwara Hotels Limited, Harmony Holdings Limited Investment & Property Development Company Limited and Harmony Holdings Limited.

Until his appointment as the Director, Legal & Compliance Directorate at KW-IRS, Barrister Mogaji was the Acting Managing Director/CEO and Company Secretary/ Legal Adviser to Harmony Holdings Limited Investment & Trust Limited, between June 2019 and February 2021.

Barrister Abdullahi Shehu Mogaji is an indigene of Kwara State, married and blessed with children.

We wish the newly appointed Director, a  successful tenure in office.

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS.

Stakeholders’ Engagement: KW-IRS Meets With Taxpayers Across LGAS In Kwara

In pursuance of active engagement across Local Governments Areas (LGAs) in Kwara, the State’s Internal Revenue Service, KW-IRS is reaching out to taxpayers and stakeholders through its Legal and Compliance Directorate.

The team, led by Head, Enforcement, KW-IRS, Lukman Mustafa, has been to not less than Six LGAs as at the end of January, 2021.

Stakeholders’ engagement sessions were held in Edu, Oyun, Kaiama, Patigi, Ekiti and Irepodun LGAS and had in attendance various categories of stakeholders including Associations of Artisans, Hairdressers, Okada Riders, Petrol Sellers, Patient Medicine sellers, Bricklayers, Shoemakers, as well as Local Government Revenue Officers.

The purpose of the Stakeholders’ engagement is to promote prompt remittances of taxes and compliance to all tax laws, thereby enhancing the revenue drive of Kwara State and to also improve the relationship between the Service and stakeholders.

To this end, the sessions in all Six LGAs visited were enlightening and interactive, giving room for attendees to voice their views and concerns which were adequately addressed to the satisfaction of the taxpayers.

The activities of the State government in improving lives of Kwara residents were well appreciated by various stakeholders at the meetings; such as the ongoing renovation of Hospitals, Schools, distribution of relief materials to victims of flood and wind disaster, social investment programmes, provision of palliatives to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, road projects and other projects being carried out in the State are evidences of responsiveness of the State government and taxpayers’ money at work across the State.

Appeal was made for more presence of the Government in the State to encourage voluntary tax compliance, towards more development in the State.

The stakeholders from different sectors of economy of the State pledged their allegiance to the Service and Government, while hoping that interactive and brainstorming opportunities of such come up more often.

Coronation Message For Elerin

Happy 39th Coronation Anniversary, Oba AbdulGaniyu Ibrahim Ajibola Olusokun II, Elerin of Erin Ile.

Congratulations Kabiyesi!

Offa Engineers Visit KW-IRS Executive Chairman

The Executives of Offa Engineers paid a courtesy call on the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi on Thursday, 28th January, 2021.

The Five man team led by its President Engr. Dr. Nazmat-Surajdeen Bakinde disclosed the objective of the visit, which was to seek collaboration of the Service in the development of Kwara State through its 9-Point Transformation Agenda, structured around community impact programs on construction and provision of technical and technological service enhancement skills and training within the State.

The team emphasized the passion of the group in making a great impact in Offa and the State as a whole, while its 2 years tenure lasts, with the support of KW-IRS and other well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies in the country.

In her response, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi lauded the initiatives and implementation plans of the group, whose set up was to work with the Offa Descendant Union (ODU) to create a better environment through the top notch 9-Point Transformation Agenda presented and promised supports of the Service to the group.

Other members of the team were Engr. Abdulfatai Yusuf, Engr. Bello Ismail, Engr. Salami Raufu and Engr. Mujidat Bammeke. The Offa Engineers appreciated the availability and hospitality of the KW-IRS boss and wish her successful tenure with record breaking achievements.

KW-IRS Visits Ag. DG Bureau Of Land

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) paid a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Acting Director General, Bureau of Land, Alhaji Yusuf Bolakale Abdullah recently.

The familiarization and working visit of Team Property Tax of the Service, led by Head, Property Tax, Olanike Wole-Oke, was to welcome the new Ag. Director General and wish him successful and fulfilling tenure in office.

The visit discussed need for continuous partnership between the two agencies of Government in achieving the automation payment system goal of the State.

Alhaji Yusuf Bolakale Abdullah commended the tremendous work of the KW-IRS under the leadership of the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi and pledged collaboration of Bureau of Lands towards the achievement of the Service’s revenue mobilization vision.

KW-IRS Informal Sector Engages Artisans’ Congress

The Informal Sector of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) headed by Maimunat Amasa received members of the Artisans’ Congress, led by its president, Alhaji Alawaye at its phrase three office on Irewolede road, Ilorin.

In his remarks, Alhaji Alawaye, stated that, the purpose of the meeting was to further seek continuous support and cooperation of KW-IRS.

The Artisan Congress charged KW-IRS to increase its tax awareness to draw additional taxpayers into the tax net and equally implored the Service to attend meetings of Artisans in order to enforce compliance.

In her response, the Head, Informal Sector commended the leadership of the congress and pointed out that, the reason for non-enforcement of tax defaulters in the informal sector up till now was due to the global pandemic, reiterating the importance of the Artisans’ congress to revenue drive, the head of Informal Sector of the Service made it known that KW-IRS operates an open door policy and will continue to give needed support and enlightenment to associations in the State as it relate to tax matters.

Alhaji Alawaye on behalf of the congress, appreciated the continuous supports and assistance of the Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi to the Artisans, particularly during this trying time of covid-19 pandemic.

STRATEGISING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF KWARA: KW-IRS HOLDS MANAGEMENT RETREAT

With the objective of developing measurable strategies for revenue generation for the State, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), held a 2-day Management Retreat from Friday 29th to Saturday 30th of January, 2021.

The Service’s Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi in her opening remarks, reinforced the vision and mission statement of the Service, pointing out that the KW-IRS workforce has been called to serve through revenue mobilization for the strategic development of the State.

Her remarks tagged “KW-IRS: The Way Forward”, revolved around the IGR trend in Kwara State from 2012 to 2020, the success recorded in cost-saving reforms within the Service, the significant drop in the 2020 IGR figures, how the Service can fully adjust to the Covid-19 era while maximizing revenue collection and looking ahead; growing the revenue for the State by a projection of 25%  increase year on year, in the next three years-2021, 2022 and 2023, using the year 2019 as the base year.

The retreat which complied adequately with the Covid-19 precautionary measures witnessed the attendance of top and middle management staff of KW-IRS, the retreat facilitators, and stakeholders within the State and outside, both physically and virtually.

There were presentations from the Executive Chairman, Kaduna State, IRS, Zaid Abubakar, Ph.D., Tax, and Business experts and consultants; Taiwo Oyedele, PwC, Kareem Adedokun, Ph.D. from Kwara State University, Kareem Olatoye, Ph.D., Sola Animashaun Ph.D. from Lagos State University and Clement Isikwe of Clemeridian group from Lagos.

Similarly, the Directorates and Departments of the Service made presentations.
Issues and propositions raised were thoroughly deliberated on during the strategic sessions, culminating in the adoption of new processes, technology, working on untapped revenue potentials and strategies to improving collections for the State.

Doing justice to issues relating to improving operational efficiency, relationship, and attitudes of staff, taxpayers, and MDAs in the State, towards a better revenue drive for the State, were the Head of Service, Kwara State, Mrs. Oluwole Modupe, the Accountant General of the State, Permanent Secretaries, Directors from various MDAs, Hospital Management Bureau, Chief Medical Directors and Local Government Councils of Kwara State.

Increasing efficiency in service delivery and making the performance more measurable through the use of technology; automation of payment systems to curb leakages, improve synergy between KW-IRS and its stakeholders, the implications of Finance Act 2020 on States’ internal revenue generation form hallmarks of the retreat.
The KW-IRS believes that the goals of the retreat would be achieved and surpassed through the dedication, commitment, and cooperation of all stakeholders in the State.

KW-IRS GENERATES N6.2 BILLION IN QUARTER 4 OF 2020

The year 2020, in spite of the imbalances created by the Covid-19 pandemic, was remarkably progressive for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) as it generated a sum of N6,227,099,973.42 (Six Billion, Two Hundred and Twenty Seven Million, Ninety Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Three Naira, Forty Two Kobo) in the fourth quarter of the year.
A breakdown of the revenue generated monthly in Q4 2020 is presented below

Month KW-IRS IGR Collections (N)
October 2,765,485,579.54
November 1,287,202,252.78
December 2,183,412,141.10
Total 6,227,099,973.42

The Service had a remarkable Q1 before the COVID-19 pandemic took full effect on the economy. Due to the lack of physical contacts with some taxpayers for collections as well as the lockdown, there was a huge dip in revenue generated in Q2 2020 which extended into Q3 2020. By the last quarter of 2020, there was a substantial recovery from the crippling effect of the pandemic on businesses and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

For the entire year 2020, KW-IRS recorded a total revenue of N19, 623,992,033.64 which was 75.48% of the N25, 997,573,296.00 revised annual budget.

The year 2020 was marked with quick implementation of various measures to cushion the effects of the pandemic on taxpayers, which included the donation of palliatives, extension of the deadline for filing Annual Returns from 31st March to 30th September, 2020, 30% waiver on arrears on ground rent and land charge for property owners and land occupiers, granting of moratorium to informal sector taxpayers, suspension of all enforcement activities, waiver of penalty and interest for High Net Worth Individuals (HNIs) and Corporate Organisations and over 30 Community Impact Programmes (CIPs).

The Service also accelerated the implementation of its automated systems to reduce the amount of contact required with tax payers for optimal revenue generation.

As evidenced in the recent achievement of $16.9m in SFTAS Annual Performance Assessment (APA) for 2019/2020 by Kwara, KW-IRS has ensured accountability and transparency in our internal processes and reporting. The Service has also improved significantly in our sequential and systematic reporting through the social, print, and electronic media platforms. The activities of KW-IRS in the year 2020 as well as the remarkable performance recorded irrespective of the snags caused by months of lockdown are pointers to our commitment to the welfare of taxpayers and improving the revenue drive of the State.

However, we are still experiencing a huge incidence of low tax compliance in the State. The Service will be implementing a year round sensitization and enforcement sessions with a view to reduce the incidence of tax evasion and under remittances. The year 2021 will also herald continuous automation of all relevant revenue lines which will change the mode of collection in several touch points across the State. The Service is appealing to all tax payers to join the Service in improving IGR to help the Administration in fulfilling its obligations to the populace.

Signed

Shade Omoniyi

Executive Chairman, KW-IRS

Notice of Demand for Employers’ Annual Returns for 2020

Pursuant to section 81 subsection 2 of the Personal Income Tax Act 2011 as amended, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) requires all employers of labour within Kwara State to render their 2020 annual returns.

Taxpayers are required to visit kw-irs.com/annualreturns to download, fill, and upload the completed annual returns form.

Copies of the completed forms could also be forwarded to helpdesk@kw-irs.com and or submitted to the KW-IRS Corporate Head Office, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA, Ilorin, or any of our offices across the State on or before 31st January, 2021.

Documents needed to file Annual Returns include the following;
•PAYE Annual Returns
• Withholding Tax Annual Returns
• Remittance Summary
• Nominal roll of the Organization
• Photocopies/scanned automated revenue receipts
  PAYE, withholding, and Development Levies.
 •Expatriate quota and Immigration Returns of expatriate(s) if applicable.

Please note that failure to file the Annual Returns by the close of business of 31st January, 2021 is an offence under section 81 subsection 3 of the Personal Income Tax Act 2011 as amended and shall be liable on conviction to a penalty of N500,000 for Corporate Organization and N50,000 on any individual.

For further enquiries, kindly visit any of our offices across the State or our website on www.kw-irs.com or social media platforms-Instagram:@kwirs, Facebook:KwaraIRS, Twitter: @KwaraIRS or call 07006959477.

Signed
Shade Omoniyi
Executive Chairman, KW-IRS

WHAT TAXPAYERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TCC (Tax Clearance Certificate)

TCC, Tax Clearance Certificate is usually issued by relevant Tax Authority such as KW-IRS having confirmed that the tax affairs of a taxable person are in order.

A TCC can also be issued to a taxpayer in arrears if the arrears are covered by installment arrangement.

The 3 categories eligible to request for TCC include:

1)Taxpayer who has fulfilled his/her tax obligations to the relevant tax authority where he/she resides.

2)Person whose no tax is due on his/ her income.

3)Person who is not liable to tax at all for any of those 3 years.

TCC can be issued under 3 conditions:

1) Tax assessed on the income of a person for the 3 years immediately preceding the current year of assessment has been fully paid.

2) That no tax is due on his/her income.

3) or that the person is not liable to tax for any of those 3 years.

To obtain TCC, the following procedures are necessary:

1) The TCC is issued on demand, the demand is usually placed by the taxpayer.

2) A formal letter is then written and addressed to the Executive Chairman.

3) The TCC form which contains information such as TIN, phone number, the purpose of TCC to be filled

4) Finally, the Evidence of tax remittance/ payment is shown and submitted.

Taxpayers apply for TCC for various reasons and are divided into 2 broad categories:

1. For documentation
2. To access Government Services and facilities

Some reasons for which TCC is obtained are appointment or election into public office, application for a certificate of occupancy, application for registration as a contractor, application for a Government loan for industry or business, application for agent license, and others.

Tax Clearance Certificate is not compulsory for everyone, it is issued on demand.

However, Personal Income Tax (PIT) payment is a compulsory civic obligation.

Provisions of section 85(2) made it compulsory for any MDA’s or a commercial bank in any of the transactions that require TCC to demand TCC from any person whom they have dealings with.

TCC, for an individual, is charged on the income of the individual and administered by the State Internal Revenue Service, while TCC of a company is charged on the company’s profit and administered by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Tax Clearance Certificate covers one calendar year (from 1st of January to 31st December every year).

It also expires on the 31st of December of the year of issuance.

Even though PITA provides that TCC should be issued within two weeks of making a request or communicate the reason for denial to the applicant, taxpayers’ can have his/her TCC within 24hrs of request, if all requirements are fulfilled.

TCC is to be obtained by a taxpayer at the relevant Tax Authority where he/she resides.

Chargeable income, Tax payable, Tax paid, Taxpayers’ Identification Number and Tax outstanding or a statement to the effect that no tax is due are things that the TCC should disclose in the last 3 years of assessment.

Every taxable person should be tax compliant, bearing in mind that our tax is our voice

KW-IRS remits N78million to 16 LGAs

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has remitted the sum of N78,953,863.77 (Seventy-Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty Three, Seventy-Seven Naira Only) to the (16) Sixteen Local Government Councils of the State as collections on Four Revenue items for a period of 12 months.

The remittance on the only (4) Four Revenue items collected by the Service on behalf of the Local Government was from the month of June 2019 to June 2020 and on Citizenship, Tenement Rate, Signage and Radio Licence.

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), will continue to deploy all available resources towards enhanced revenue generation and collections for the State and remain transparent and accountable.

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