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FCT-IRS goes tough on tax defaulters—engages tribunal, security agencies to enforce compliance

The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has concluded plans to clamp down on erring taxpayers.

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The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has concluded plans to clamp down on erring taxpayers.

According to NAN, the acting executive chairman of the Service, Mr Haruna Abdullahi, said this in a statement Mr Mustapha Sumaila, FCT-IRS Head Corporate Communications, on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the statement, he made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the coordinating secretary of the tax appeal tribunal, Hajara Oniyangi.

The FCT-IRS boss expressed concern about the poor level of compliance by taxpayers in spite of the huge number of taxpayers in the FCT.

He stated that it would no longer be business as usual, adding that the service was determined to ensure all taxpayers in FCT were responsive to their civic duties.

He stressed that the service would not leave any stone unturned, saying it was empowered by law to recover all outstanding tax liabilities while penalising tax defaulters.

“We are engaging the Judiciary, security agencies, the media, and other relevant stakeholders on this matter.

“I can assure you that before the year runs out people will be held accountable.

“We have built our capacity and it is our intention to make our mark by ensuring that people do what they are supposed to do according to the law.

He said the Service would be guided by the Personal Income Tax Act, Finance Act, FCT-IRS Act, and of course the constitution in its operation.

Mr Abdullahi, who assured the tribunal of the capacity of the service, charged members of the tribunal to justify the confidence reposed in them by bringing recalcitrant taxpayers to book.

The acting executive chairman expressed optimism that the exercise would prompt voluntary tax compliance, tax net growth, and ultimately boost revenue generation.

The coordinating secretary, Tax Appeal Tribunal, Hajara Oniyangi, said the tribunal was established to settle disputes that could arise in the course of the duties.

She disclosed that the Tribunal’s processes were simple and clear with a reputation for prompt judgment delivery.

While lauding Mr Abdullahi’s effort, Oniyangi highlighted the need for the service to intensify awareness, stating that taxpayers could not be entirely blamed for non-compliance.

She said there was a need for taxpayers to be duly informed about tax processes, advantages of paying taxes as well as risks of non-compliance.

The secretary of the tribunal, Mr Ahmed Aliyu, lauded the step taken by the service towards ensuring enforcement.

He pledged the commitment of the tribunal to act within the ambit of the law to ensure that cases from FCT-IRS were given accelerated hearings.

He stressed the need for the FCT-IRS to harness all areas of revenue generation as permissible by law.

“If for instance there are organisations that collect personal income tax and fail to remit, it is sometimes difficult to go in there and force them as a service.

“That is why the tribunal was created by government and once judgment is delivered by the tribunal, even if a defaulter wants to appeal, he or she would have to first pay the money,” he said.

FCT_IRS was established by the FCT Internal Revenue Service Act of 2015.

It is empowered by the National Assembly to administer tax and non-tax revenues accruable to the FCT.

It is responsible for the collection of all taxes collectible by a state government in accordance with the Taxes and Levies (Approved List of Collection) Act of 1998 as Amended.


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