Ekiti government blames poor IGR on tax evasion
Ekiti State Government has blamed the low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state on high incidence of tax evasion by citizens.
The government, however, said it was determined to block all leakages to increase state’s IGR in view of the consistent dwindling revenues accruing to the state from the Federation Account.
Chairman of the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Board, Mr. Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade, who stated this in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, said that this state of affairs had consequential effect such as inability to build the desired infrastructure.
Ogunmilade, who spoke during a meeting with some local government management members of staff across the 16 local councils of Ekiti State, said that the state government would no longer tolerate tax evasion by individuals or organisations.
“Tax evasion is criminal and it should not happen at a time government was desperately desirous of inventing ways of increasing its internally-generated revenue due to the drop in federal allocations.“In doing this, both state and local councils should be involved in the process of paying taxes and raking in of rates for the development of the state.
“Our people must be responsible enough to see tax payment as an obligation that must be discharged for the benefit of this state. “No nation can develop when its tax policy is weak. In advanced climes, people perceived tax payment as a constitutional duty that must be discharged at all cost and that brought about development, it is no magic.”
Ogunmilade said that the state revenue board would soon set up committees in all local councils on how to generate more revenues from the third tier to serve as catalyst for development at the grassroots level.
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