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  • Updated: November 19, 2023

Use our taxes judiciously – Ekiti taxpayers to government

Use our taxes judiciously – Ekiti taxpayers to government

A case for judicious use of the resources accruable to the state through taxes has been made by Ekiti State taxpayers.

The taxpayers who are drawn from the informal sector requested that the call is for them to have value for what they pay.

The taxpayers, under the auspices of the ‘Tax for Service Group’, who lamented the imposition of double and multiple taxations on them by Ekiti State Government, bemoaned the effects on their businesses and wellbeing.

The group’s Chairman, Prof Christopher Oluwadare, spoke on Saturday at a two-day Stakeholders’ Meeting on Tax for Service in Ekitit State organised by the New Initiative for Social Development in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room with the support of United Kingdom International Development.

The engagement with stakeholders in the informal sector was to sensitize them about the need to engage the government and monitor the utilization of taxes.

Oluwadare, represented by the group’s secretary, Akin Abimbola, said the negative effect of the double and multiple taxes is not only affecting the masses in the state but also causing poor patronage for business owners.

The TSG vowed to monitor government activities to ensure taxpayers had value for what they pay and also collaborate to identify and stop tax leakage.

"All of the informal sector pays direct tax, not only direct tax, we are paying withholding taxes, my section (hoteliers) are paying about three different taxes and about 12 other charges and levies to the government. Aside from that, we pay directors’ tax, we pay consumption tax.

“This is part of the grey area which we will sit with the government to address. This group will stand against double taxation, multiple taxation and uncertainty in the payments of tax. We will want to ensure there is no provision for double or multiple taxation. With that, definitely, people will be eager to pay, especially when they can see what the government is doing with it.

“If a hotel pays so much as tax and there are no good roads to the hotel, no light, no infrastructure that can make development of the business, which is the reason why we are coming up.

“We will be out there not just to query them, but to at the same time educate members on the reasons why tax needs to be paid. From the stakeholders’ meeting before we arrived at the formulation of this group, we have been able to educate that tax payment is statutory,” he said.

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