Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, PSIRS, yesterday said it collected N1.84 billion as Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, between January and March this year.
The Chairman of PSIRS, Mr Pam Samuel, who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Jos, said that the amount fell below expectation.
“If you look at what we generated in the first quarter of this year, it fell short of the N2.18 billion we raked in the corresponding period of 2014,’’ he said.
Samuel lamented the drop on workers’ Pay as You Earn, PAYE, which usually accounted for the bulk of the service’s revenue.
The PSIRS chairman, in his analysis, said about N875million was collected as PAYE and N658million from Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
He said that January recorded the highest collection during the period, accounting for about N838million of the total amount while February recorded the lowest with N501million.
Samuel expressed dissatisfaction with the collection, describing it as “far below expectation, considering the service’s expectations for 2015’’.
According to him, “The chief cause of the shortfall in the revenue generation is due to the economic recession being experienced across the globe.“
While pledging to take more stringent steps to improve on the collection, Samuel urged tax payers to promptly pay their taxes, to avoid incurring the wrath of the law.
He also charged the staff of the service not to relent in their responsibility to block all loopholes in order to improve on the state’s revenue collection.
The chairman explained that the revenue being generated enabled the state government to meet its responsibility of providing the desired social amenities.

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