Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nigerains to show tax clearance to obtain passports


Paying tax is the responsibility of every working citizen hence the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Tunde Fowler, on Monday said Nigerians would soon  be made to show evidence of tax  payment before  they could obtain passports.

According to NAN  Fowler said this at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board which had the theme, “Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection,’’ in Abuja.

He also announced that Nigerians who either wanted a new passport or renew an old one must show evidence of being a tax-payer.

“We did take a position and I believe it would be implemented in the very near future that before you get any services from the immigration department: renewal of passports etc, you’d have to show that you are a tax payer.

“These things are normal all over the world and it would help us to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better.

“People believe that payment of tax is a burden and I’ll repeat that you only pay tax on income and profits.
“So, if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living.’’

He said the FIRS set a target to increase the individual taxpayer data base by 10 million by December 31, this year.

The event brought together all internal revenue service chairmen of the 36 states and the bosses of the Nigeria Customs Service, and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

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