by Christians Gokyo, Jos
…Banks and construction companies to pay Development Tax to the State Government.
The Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) says adults in the State will soon be mandated to pay a Development Tax of N300 per annum, while efforts will be intensified to collect “consumption tax” from persons lodging and spreading money in hotels and other accommodation outlets in the state.
Chairman the State Revenue Service, Mr. Dashe Arlat, disclosed this to newsmen in his office in Jos during a Press Conference on Monday, while stating that, in order to meet its 2022 internally generated revenue target of about N5bn per month, banks and construction companies would be required to pay development to the State Government.
He stressed that, “The state has the potential to realize between N3.5bn to N5bn monthly, if everyone comes on board.”
While giving the breakdown of IGR accrued to the State between January and November, 2021, Mr. Arlat assured that more efforts would be deployed to accrue more funds to the State in the coming year.
He also revealed that, “From January to November 2021, a total of N20,060,219,702.16 was received as IGR, based on our assessment. The state has the potential to get between N3.5bn to N5bn monthly as against our initial target of N2bn per month.
“This can be achieved, if everyone comes on board. In 2022, we will look at other avenues of getting revenue, especially not having a Tax Identification Number, TIN, is a crime in Plateau State,” he noted.
“Everyone from 18 years and above would be required to pay a Development Tax of N300, construction companies and banks, too, will also pay a tax of between N5,000 and N50,000; and everyone would be required to have a tax clearance certificate; this will boost the independent revenue of the State.”
According to him, “There are lots of potentials in the MDAs. They must make sure that things work fine. We will implement a Consumption Tax on hotels, from 2022, and hope to double our revenue.
“Citizens should know that we all must pay tax. It must be voluntary, because not filing tax returns attracts penalties of N50,000 for individuals and N500,000 for organizations,” he stressed.
Mr. Arlat further stated that, Hotels that are not duly registered with the Tourism Ministry would be penalized; schools and hospitals that are not duly registered with relevant Ministries will also be penalized. He said, proper registration of these places will help not only in tax collections but in the security of citizens; and there will be increased enforcement and monitoring in the State.