In FCT, hotel owners urge minister to address multiple taxation
Hotel owners in the Federal Capital Territory under the umbrella body of Hotel Owners Forum, Abuja (HOFA), have called on the government to look into the problem of multiple taxations imposed on their members by the three tiers of government.
Speaking during the week at a courtesy call on the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammed Musa-Bello, the body through its President, Mrs. Bola Onigbogi, stated that the burden of heavy taxation has drastically increased their cost of running hotels, even at a time the country’s economic situation was taking its toll on the hospitality industry.
The Forum equally tasked the Minister on the review of Abuja Master Plan on hospitality industry as well as the current rate issued by Abuja Environmental Protection Board.
They also appealed to the Minister to address the issues of land use contravention, tenement rates, multiple hotel registrations as well as their plea for a plot of land on which to build a befitting secretariat.
In his response, the Minister, while acknowledging their plight, explained that FCT administration has already put in place, machinery to harmonize taxes in the territory and reduce the burden of taxations.
He added that FCT Inland Revenue Service was collaborating its federal counterpart to work out modalities for harmonization of all taxes in FCT. While pledging to address other complaints brought before him by the Forum, the Minister cautioned against paying taxes into private accounts as taxes belong to the government.
The President, Mrs Onigbogi, however maintained that in spite of its numerous challenges, HOFA has continued to champion a worthy cause in the operations and growth of hotels in the Federal Capital Teritory.
“Our aim is to provide a platform that enables members to meet and share ideas, experiences, identify challenges and proffer solutions to these problems”, she stated.