Thursday, 27 September 2018

PAYE Has Aided The IGR Of Northern States – Northern Governors ForumForum


The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) says the improved internally generated revenue of states in the North Central in 2017 is attributable to Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

NGF’s executive director, strategy and research, Latif Shitu, made this remark on Wednesday at the North Central regional training on Tax audit and investigation for state internal revenue services in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

CKN News understands that the annual IGR in 2017 for Kwara was 14%; Plateau, 17%; Benue, 30%; Kogi, 18%; Nasarawa, 81%, and Niger, 11%.

Shittu said the crisis that followed the oil price crash between 2013 and 2014 made states look inward for ways to improve their revenue mobilisation.

To deliver on this task, Shittu said states revenue services embarked on various reforms to revitalise the service and improve revenue outcomes.

His words: “These include recruitment of professionals, conduct of sensitization programs, implementation of tax for service projects, deployment of innovative technologies to support taxpayers enumeration and a cashless policy,” he said.

“Sequel to these reforms, states recorded remarkable growth in their annual IGR including Kwara, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger State.

“However, examining the composition closely, one will observe that this was driven mainly by PAYE. While the growth is commendable, there is still room for improvement.

“Recent conversations with your revenue services indicate that tax audit cases have been on the rise with a number inconclusive, perhaps due to poor management or inadequately skilled personnel to manage them.

“The outcome in some states on selected approaches contained in this training has shown that adopting a strategic and taxpayer-centric approach to tax audit is indeed key to effective tax administration.

“Tax audit officers need to understand taxpayer behaviour and how they think to be able to outsmart devious means they might adapt to evade taxes or under-declare taxable income,” he added.

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