From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) said on Monday that it has generated N17 billion as Internally generated Revenue (IGR), from January to June.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Zaid Abubakar, disclosed this during a press conference held in Kaduna, yesterday.
Acccording to him the amount was far above the N11 billion target set for the first six months of the year.
Abubakar expressed confidence that the agency would generate N45 billion, more than the N43 billion target set for the year.
“I have assured my staff that performance is key, and we have a motivated staff that are ready to work.
“I assure you that with the right people in place, the best strategies, right proprieties, hard work and dedication, we will surly achieve our target,” he said.
He added that the KDIRS has concluded plans to go after defaulting taxpayers and ensure full compliance to tax laws in the state as part of efforts to boost the state’s IGR.
“We have concluded plans to go after high profile individuals, government agencies and private organisations who have been defaulting on their tax payments.
“We want to ensure that all taxpayers register, obtained their Tax Identification Number and pay what is appropriate in terms of taxes and do so as at when due.
“By doing this, we are sure of increasing taxpayers’ data base and increase revenue generation in the state,” he said.
He added that the agency has set up a unit that would ensure that all eligible taxpayers are brought into the revenue net.
“We have also established Local Government Revenue Help Desk to handle all issues and complaints on revenue collection at local government levels.
“This was to ensure that all revenues expected from local government areas are duly collected, remitted and accounted for,” he added The chairman also said that KDIRS, through commercial banks engaged by the agency has equally engaged inter-switch to improve efficiency in revenue collection in the state.
He added that the agency would remain committed to ensuring that taxpayers gets quality service and the needed value for tax payments.
He called on every taxpayer in the state to register voluntarily and pay his or her taxes as at when due to avoid embarrassment.