Revenue: Kwara State introduces Harmonised Bill
By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), has introduced Harmonised Bill for collection of all revenue due for payment from taxpayers.
The harmonised bill is one of the automation strategies of the Service to improve on its collection activities, bring all eligible entities or businesses into the Tax net and enhance collections in the State.
In a statement, the Executive Chairman of the Service, Shade Omoniyi said ”the Harmonised bill is to compute, consolidate and communicate all payable tax revenue and non-tax revenue as applicable to each eligible taxpayer in the State, within any assessment year.”
”It will also stop illegal negotiation between taxpayers and revenue officers in the Ministries or KW-IRS, as well as avoid diversion of government’s money into personal pockets and block most of the leakages through the display of all taxes due for payment by a tax payer and provide education on double and multiple taxation,” the statement reads.
The harmonised bill will also indicate the level of tax compliance by showing both current and outstanding liabilities of each taxpayer in a single document and clarified that the service has not reviewed revenue fee or introduced new taxes to tax payers since the current administration took over.
”All revenue lines currently being collected have been in existence but the KW-IRS has introduced an approach to ensure that required and legitimate tax dues are paid by taxpayers and collected appropriately into the coffers of the State.
”We have advised MDAs to allow taxpayers with arrears, access government benefits when they pay their dues for the current year, while they come up with plans for the payment of their outstanding liabilities,” It said.
Improving tax compliance
The service stated that all revenue lines of the MDAs in the State on the harmonised bill are the same as approved and as provided by existing relevant laws.
It stressed that the revenue drive in the State, with the introduction of the bill, would improve the tax compliance in the State and bring about an enhanced revenue generation.
The service promised continued collaboration with all MDAs and Stakeholders for effective and efficient collection of all that is legally due from taxpayers. It also enjoined all taxpayers to seek clarifications from appropriate sources when in doubt.