Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Mr. Tunde Fowler has said that there is no gain saying that states and indeed the Federal government now largely depend on the efforts of various tax Authorities more than ever before given the dwindling revenue from oil.
He further said that in order to optimally enhance operations as tax Authorities , FIRS and States Internal Revenue Service (SIRS) have outlined areas of collaborations through exchange of information , staff capacity building , Joint tax audit and enlightenment exercise among others in a conscious efforts towards bridging the gap between the federal and state governments in increasing efficiency in Tax administration.
Fowler who was represented by Lawal Abubakar Secretary Joint Tax board of FIRIS stated this yesterday while delivering a good will message at the round table engagement on taxation and performances awards ceremony in Jos.
According to him “ Revenue collection profile of Plateau state in the last five years has shown a progressive performance by the state Internal Revenue service , making a total collection of 3.4billion in 2010, 4.5 billion in 2011 , 6.9 billion in 2012 , 8.4billion in 2013 and 8.2 billion in 2014.
While appreciating the efforts of the service, he also said, I would like to advise that the peculiarly of the state in terms of tax revenue potentials and economic potentials and economic activities be taken as an added advantage in generating the needed revenue for the state. “
He also praised the Plateau state government for committing resources to hold the roundtable on taxation in the critical period of the economy stressing that it is also important to stress that this event is very apt as it will provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to extensively discuss ways and means of looking inwards towards improving the state Internally Generated Revenue Base.
Also speaking at the occasion, the commissioner for Finance in Plateau state, Mrs. Tamakat Weli said that engagement of people of the business communities and stakeholders with the Theme – Enhanced Revenue Generation for Effective Economic Development and Prosperity has become imperative because apart from being a timely step in the right direction, it is a survival necessity for our Rescue Administration and the pillar upon which our mandate and the five point Agenda are anchored.
The current state of our finances demand every stakeholder to come forward and participate in the review of the past , examination of our resources , pay taxes and raise revenue for economic development of the state , and make sure we transparently and judiciously manage taxes paid and other limited resources of Plateau state for benefit of all.
We therefore ask for your understanding, collaboration and support as key stakeholders for the success of this Resuce Administration.
Acting Chairman of the Plateau state Internal Revenue Service PSIRS Dashe Arlat said many states in the country, can no longer depend solely on the ever dwindling Monthly allocations from the Federal Account.
“It therefore follows that as a state, Plateau needs fresh initiatives to bolster and raise our Internally Generated Revenue. The Performance profile of our IGR must be such that can complement in the immediate term, but hopefully overtake in the short term, our dependence of Federal allocations.”
This is a task that we must collectively commit to realise, if the much anticipated positive change in developmental project will become a reality, in order to impact the people across the board.

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