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Hairdressers, Carpenters, others should be made to pay tax for the roads they use - FIRS chairman

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Internal Revenue Service, Muhammad Nami has recently announced that the agency is proposing the introduction of road tax in Nigeria to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society.

The chairman disclosed this in a statement signed by Johannes Wojuola, media aide to the FIRS chairman while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The informal sector comprises small-scale workers like hairdressers, motorists, carpenters, and other workers in the low socio-economic strata who are poorly educated with low skills.

The FIRS boss revealed in the statement that the introduction of the road tax would help the government with adequate funding for road construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance. He stated that the only way the informal sector could contribute to building a modern society is by paying when they use roads. 

He also added that the tax should not be an additional burden to anyone since it would be for the benefit of everyone. 

In the statement, the FIRS chairman noted that the country's present economy heavily depends on revenue generated from non-oil sources. 

He stressed that without the tax money that citizens pay, the government at all levels won't be able to deliver on the promises made to electorates. He stated that roads would not be in good condition and wouldn't be safe without taxpayers' money. 

He also spoke about the strides taken by the agency to ensure that big companies who tend to shift their capital and income to tax havens also get to pay taxes. 

Speaking further, the FIRS chairman noted the importance of technology in tax collection and announced the introduction of a new-age technological means with which seamless tax transactions can happen. 

The chairman also announced the introduction of 10 new VAT regional coordination offices across the country despite the ongoing state and federal government tussle over VAT collection. 

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FIRS Federal Internal Revenue Service Johannes Wojuola Muhammad Nami


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