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No fewer than 56 property owners in Kaduna State would prosecute for unpaid ground rent, the Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) has revealed.

Executive Chairman of the service, Mukhtar Ahmed made the disclosure in Kaduna at the launch of a digital application that integrates all the 63 revenue generating agencies in the state.

He explained that under the Land Use Act, all property owners are expected to pay their ground rent in the first week of January each year.

The revenue service boss also noted that Kaduna as an old city has some property records dating to as far back as 1914, with some passing through 50 owners but without proper documentations.

He said that a task force set up by the service a month ago uncovered the property owing N20 million and above. “Is a bit of challenge for us to get the real owners of such property, but we have decided to begin with whoever lives in such property to lead us to the owners, so we would collect what is due to the state government.”

On the digital platform called Cashworx, Ahmed said it was to bring all tax payers on one platform and link them up with the banks for easy payments.

He said that property and business owners in the state are not paying their due tax because of the absence of a comprehensive record that detailed their profile and property owned.

According to him, the development will improve revenue generation and collection in the state.

He said that the platform was inaugurated, with Kaduna Geographic Information Service, the first to be integrated onto the platform.”


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