Posted by News Express | 27 July 2017 | 1,205 times
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has uncovered over N115 billion being tax liabilities established against Federal and states’ Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Local Government Councils across the nation following tax liabilities recovery exercise it carried out.
In a press statement signed by Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, RMAFC’ssSpokesperson, the commission said it was able to establish N115, 811, 884,454.01 as tax liabilities in the first phase of the exercise covering 2005 and 2015 spread across 30 states of the Federation with the exemption of Adamawa, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Katsina and Kebbi States, which were given a clean bill of health as they had no tax liabilities. At the end of the exercise, which is 90 per cent completed, an additional N40 billion was expected to be realised.
The statement further stated that all the states, LGCs and other Agencies so far covered had passionately pleaded for waiver of penalty and interest totaling N24, 030,004,256.31, comprising N9,748,742,417.28 as penalty and N14,281,261,839.03 as interest respectively.
In the course of the exercise, it was discovered that some Federal Government Agencies domiciled in the states did not remitting Pay As You Earn (PAYE) to the state governments, thus depleting their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base.
In the same vein, RMAFC also called on the Federal Government to reimburse some of the state governments that executed Federal Government projects in their states so as to enhance their revenue profile.
The commission also urged states like Bauchi, Cross River, Edo, Enugu and Rivers, which are yet to participate in the exercise, to do so in the spirit of equity and fair play since they continue to enjoy the proceeds of tax remitted by their counterparts.
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