SWIT commits to women interest in tax policy, law practice
Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) Lagos has reiterated its commitment to the interest of women in tax policy and law practice.
The group plans to embark on training, especially in communities and associations that know little or nothing about taxation, as an action plan to support nation-building.
This was disclosed at the investiture ceremony of the fourth state coordinator, Cecilia Odibo, themed, ‘Pro bond services: A new frontier for women in taxation.’
Odibo said the institute would engage taxpayers, by educating them on their rights, duties and obligations as enshrined in the Nigerian tax laws.
According to her, there are a lot of vulnerable taxpayers who suffer knowledge gaps without assistance from any quarter that offers them simple technical/professional tax knowledge of elementary good bookkeeping.
She said: “We shall leverage on all means within our reach to carry out rigorous sensitisation programmes and tax awareness campaign through various market associations amongst the artisans, who form the bulk of taxable persons in the Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) of the Nigerian economy.”
She noted that the administration would initiate programmes on taxation through public speaking, debate and quiz amongst secondary schools in Lagos as voluntary tax compliance can veritably be achieved by cultivating tax-paying culture into the minds of the younger generation.
Executive Chairman, LIRS, Ayodele Subair, challenged the women to do more in raising public awareness about the benefits of compliance with tax obligations, harmonisation of tax items amongst local and state governments and then correct the negative perceptions of the public has against tax payment.
According to him, LIRS will continue to support the continued growth of SWIT.
Chairman, Tax Appeal Tribunal, South East Zone, Chukwuemeka Eze, speaking on pro bono services as a new frontier for women in taxation, noted that the best way women can talk tax is by engaging in the corporate social responsibility of pro bono services.
“By that measure, you will prove that tax professionals can give back to society. Meanwhile, members of SWIT must prepare themselves intellectually and pragmatically before embarking on this task to reduce shocks and embarrassment because some of your targets understand the tax system in different degrees hence you are expected to communicate from the area of sufficient knowledge and not from the area of half-knowledge,” he added.