Revenue boss faults Ize-Iyamu on tax payment
Acting Executive Director of the state Inland Revenue Service [EIRS], Emmanuel Usoh, has faulted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on tax payment.
Usoh, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, said statistics at the revenue office show that he has not been remitting his taxes to government.
Ize-Iyanu had alleged last week, at an interactive session with civil society groups, that the state’s internally generated revenue has been stagnated due to government’s loss of focus.
According to Usoh, the PDP’s candidate is a novice in tax collection, hence he made the accusation, adding that he has also not disclosed his source of income in the last two years.
He lauded the All Progressives Congress (APC) for improving on the state’s revenue profile, which according to him, has risen from the N250million inherited from the PDP to an average monthly collection of N1.7billion.
Usoh said the Adams Oshiomhole’s administration has set up a transparent system of tax collection, which meets international best practice.
He said: “Ize-Iyamu is not a tax payer and the comment credited to him is therefore not only strange, but pedestrian and mundane.”
The director explained that taxes should not be misconstrued with other forms of payments such as levies, rates, fees and fines.
He added that government and the board of revenue management have perfected a plan to partner and train officials of the 18 local councils areas on transparent revenue generation.