Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola has advised every member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN )to acquaint themselves with the contemporary scheme of operation in their specialized field so as to foster efficiency and productivity.
He said this during a courtesy visit of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) led by its President and Chairman of Council, Dr. Mrs. Teju Somorin popularly called “Teju Tax” to the State Government to mark its 2017 CITN Week.
The Deputy Governor who received the delegation on behalf of the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose , explained that Ekiti state is working to review its tax laws to enable it do away with obsolete tariffs and charges while illegal activities of some officials have been checkmated through automated payment system introduced by the State
Government. He noted that the improvement recorded in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State was the result of the collaborative efforts of every stakeholders which included the tax authority and officers in the state who all worked to block all leakages and wasteful expenses.
Dr. Olusola also disclosed that multiple taxation was a non-issue in Ekiti State as both the State and the Local governments are working in synergy on tax collection and have prevent this among tax payers in
The Deputy Governor commended the visit and Tax Walk organized by Charted Institute of Taxation of Nigeria to mark its 2017 CITN week noting that it would have a positive impact on the people’s response to payment of tax thereby improving the state IGR.
Earlier in her speech, the President and Chairman of Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria Mrs. Teju Somorin commended the state government for sustaining the continuous improvement in its IGR and charge the government to aim higher in its target in the subsequent years.
Dr. Somorin who said tax is one of the backbones of economic development and growth expressed the need for the state to grant the tax generating authority a full autonomy and also to enact enabling laws of the State Internal Revenue Service, Personal income tax law and other enactment that could aid the authority to boost the IGR. She also called on the State government to improve the salaries of tax authorities and also acquire relevant books on tax laws and operations for tax officers and officials and for the library to build the capacity of the tax staff.
Sunday, December 16 2018, 6:40 am