PLATEAU State Revenue Task
Force has pledged to prosecute and
sanction any tax defaulter including
corporate bodies, Ministries,
Departments and Agencies, MDAs
in the state.
Task Force Chairman, Mrs
Tamwakat Weli gave the warning in
an interview with newsmen in Jos.
She said “In fact, as a state
Government, we are not happy with
our present IGR; this informed the
formation of this task force aimed at
raising the IGR to an impressive level
for the benefit of our citizens, ’’ she
said.
Weli, who is the State Finance
Commissioner, said the task force,
recently inaugurated by Governor
Simon Lalong, would no longer
tolerate a situation whereby tax
payers deliberately refused to come
forward to pay tax to the government
toward meeting the social needs of
the citizens. Speaking through the chairman
of Plateau State Internal Revenue
Service, PSIRS, Dashe Arlat, who
is a member of the task force,
Weli disclosed that 7 courts have
been allocated to the task force for
prosecution of defaulters across the
state.
“Thanks to the State Chief
Judge (CJ), who has allocated two
magistrates courts to us in each of
our Senatorial Districts and a High
Court in Jos for the prosecution of
high profile tax defaulters in the
state?
“We have allocated a Conference
Hall here in the Revenue House for
the High court Judge to sit over cases
in respect to tax issues on any day of
the week, ’’ the chairman explained.
She explained that magistrates
Courts in Shendam and Langtang
North LGAs would serve the
southern zone, Mangu and
Pankshin Magistrates Courts for the
Central Zone while the Bukuru and
West of Mines Magistrates Courts
and the High Court would serve the
Northern Zone respectively.
The task force chairman also said
that the prosecution would not
exclude MDAs who failed to key into
the state’s Treasury Single Account,
TSA.
She said, “already, we have begun
scrutinizing and auditing all the
MDAs to detect those of them who
have been defaulting in paying
into the TSA as directed by our able
Governor years ago.’’
Weli strongly frowned at cash
collection by the recalcitrant MDAs
and that revenue officers attached
to the PSIRS consultants have been
deployed to such MDAs to key them
into electronic collection system
through issuance of Tax Identification
Numbers, TIN.
According to her, some of the
MDA s were responsible for some of
leakages in tax collections in the state
and warned, “enough is enough
of such unholy and unproductive
attitude.’’
The chairman also disclosed
that the Police and NCDSC, who
are part of the task force, were to
arrest any recalcitrant defaulter
no matter his or her statue in the
society.
She also warned corporate
organisations and federal MDAs
to cooperate with the task force
and equally response positively to
their civic responsibility of paying
their taxes as when due so as to
avoid the wrath of the task force.
Our correspondent reports that
the terms of reference of the task
force include monitoring revenue
collections by all MDAs and
ensure lodgment of same into
consolidated TSA, and identify
defaulters for prosecution in
accordance with civil service rules.
Others include identifying areas
of leakages of revenue collections
and make monthly report on
performances of MDAs and carry
out functions that would boost the
State’s IGR.

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