Niger State Tax Administration Executive Chairman Mohammed Madami Etsu called on stakeholders to support the 2020 State and Local Government Tax Law, aimed at boosting the economy and improving the quality of means of subsistence of the populations.
He explained to Minna yesterday that the law was initiated on the basis of pressing economic issues resulting from declining state and local government revenues and the need to improve development in the state.
According to him, the government is committed to paying the dividends of democracy to Nigeriens in the areas of security, social services and the prompt payment of salaries to civil servants, among others.
Etsu said the law is not intended to operate in isolation, but to complement other existing tax laws as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
Others include the Personal Income Tax Act, the Federation of Nigeria Acts of 2004 as amended, and the Niger State Revenue Collection and Administration Act 2011.
The President said: âThis 2020 harmonized legislation is not intended to usurp the powers of the local government council to collect revenue in their areas of competence, as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, but to create a synergy between the State and the 25 local authorities in a dynamic of collective revenue.
“This will reduce the incidence of multiple taxation, increase assessment and collection capacities and increase the amount of revenue generated internally for both levels of government,” he added.
The state tax administration, he said, has set up an implementation committee under the leadership of Alhaji Mohammed Murtala King, the coordinator for tax matters, and has since started visiting all 25 government areas. local for stakeholder awareness, training of tax staff and deployment of technology for immediate take-off.
In a pilot exercise conducted with the local government of Bosso, a dramatic increase in its IGR collection was noticed, due to the deployment of technology in revenue collection efforts. This has encouraged transparency and accountability in the system.
It should be recalled that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of the State of Niger, signed the harmonized bill adopted by the House of the State Assembly on September 22, 2020, which repealed the harmonized rates and levies of local government for collection, 2016.