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FIRS: Very soon, tax defaulters won’t be able to renew their passports

FIRS: Very soon, tax defaulters won’t be able to renew their passports
November 28
22:24 2016
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Tunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), says very soon, Nigerians may need to show evidence of tax payment before obtaining their international passports.

He said this in Abuja during the 136th meeting of the joint tax board, which had the theme: ‘Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection’.

“We did take a position and I believe it would be implemented in the very near future that before you get any services from the immigration department — renewal of passports etc — you’d have to show that you are a tax payer,” Fowler said.

“These things are normal all over the world, in an effort to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better. People believe that payment of tax is a burden and I’ll repeat that you only pay tax on income and profits.

“So if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living.’’

He said the FIRS set a target to increase the individual taxpayer data base by 10 million by December 31.

“I’m glad that with our co-operation, we’ve been able to attain 30 per cent of that. We’ve been able to get three million individual taxpayers across the nation,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate Kano state for leading the pack by increasing the database by 944,000 followed by Lagos with 306,000 then Kaduna and Plateau.”

Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), lamented that the FRSC was being owed N700 million for number plates production.

He also decried the high rate of fake documentation at ports, saying “if we can strengthen inter-agency collaboration, we’ll get more results now that the focus is on IGR”.

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  1. Makays
    Makays November 29, 05:04

    Allover the world they provide power. .good roads. .free medicals. .education. .jobs to justify tax payments here what do we have to justify tax paid? Mr fowler you guys are a ripoff and burden on the people.

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  2. King Zoro
    King Zoro November 30, 00:55

    Your comment..it is blatant lies that is being done all over the world. Why are you people fooling Nigerians? Come nd take a clue from South Africa before now issuance of passports to the citizens were free of charge but now they pay a token of about R 15O which is equavelent to your #3000 or #4,000. Like what we used to ask ourselves over here in South Africa that what is the BENEFIT OF BEING A NIGERIAN ,IS THERE ANY ? capital NO. Nigerians don’t slumber for fhese tyrants or they will begin to oppress you people. They take you for granted too much

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