Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS said non remittance of funds and tax arrears by government establishments had impacted negatively on the revenue generation profile of the country.
Mr. Akinyemi Oluyide, the FIRS State Monitor, Oyo State Government Business Tax Office, said this on Thursday in Ibadan at a sensitisation workshop.
The theme of the workshop is “Effective Partnering for Compliance by MDAs in the South-West zone’’.
He noted that establishments in federal, states and local governments were culprits.
Oluyide, in a paper on “Agency Arrangement in Tax Collection: Roles and Responsibilities of Collecting Agents’’, said the support from government agents would spur great transformation and revenue collection performance.
He urged collection agents to explore all avenues to improve the system by promoting strong professional standards and ethics.
“All MDAs and other collecting agents are required to ensure compliance with the provisions of relevant tax laws and collection arrangement.
“There is need for effective records management and full automation of the tax administration with the provision of modern infrastructure,’’ he said.
He highlighted non-compliance with the tax laws and other legislation, remittance to wrong account, incomplete schedules from MDAs and wrong classification of tax payment as parts of the challenges of tax collection.
In her presentation, Dr. Olayinka Adenikinju, the Chairperson, Ibadan District Women Society in Taxation, called for synergy between tax authorities and MDAs, urging them to embrace aggressive enlightenment campaigns.
In a paper on “Facilitating Compliance: Expected Role of Tax Authority by MDAs’’, Adenikinju said a simple tax system would ensure compliance by tax payers.
She said that a credible tax administration would ensure a fair and sustainable tax system for every tax payer to contribute.
“Community leaders should be engaged in tax campaign in order to have a committed community that shares the belief in tax paying.
“Lack of feedback impacts on the expectation of tax payer from government and loopholes in tax laws that allows for tax avoidance leading to evasion, should be adequately addressed,’’ she said.
Earlier, Mr. Samuel Ogungbesan, the Acting Executive Chairman, FIRS, said that the forum was initiated to provide opportunity for FIRS and tax payers to interact.
Ogungbesan, who was represented by an FIRS officer, Mr. Olufemi Faniyi, said it was an avenue to share ideas and proffer solutions to the various challenges of tax administration in the nation.
He expressed optimism that the workshop would be fruitful and enhance tax system, administration and compliance in the country.
The workshop was attended by representatives of various federal and state MDAs, as well as local government officers in the south-western zone of the country.


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