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We’ll end multiple taxation in Benue’

We’ll end multiple taxation in Benue’

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The Executive Chairman, Benue State Internal Revenue Service (BIRS), Mr. Terzungwe Atser has assured traders doing busineses in the state of his commitment to rid the state of all unauthorised revenue collectors and multiple taxes.

He also ecpressed his determination to work with the joint security forces being put in place to arrest and prosecute all miscreants who mount various road blocks and extort huge cash from traders and farmers in the state.

Mr. Atser who gave the assurances during a meeting with the leadership of the Federated Foodstuff Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Lorry Drivers Association in his office, recalled earlier steps taken by BIRS to improve on revenue generation in the state, adding that it has mapped out strategies to curb the menace of multiple taxation, illegal check points and road blocks to allow for free movement of goods from the state.

The BIRS chief executive however promised the traders who had earlier threatened to embark a protest over multiple taxation, unauthorised receipts on different charges among others, of his determination to end the challenges.

The trade unions through their leaders, Prince Afiannwu Christian and a royal father, Eze Amadi Azuagu who spoke at the meeting, expressed displeasure with the level of harassment and extortion they are subjected to by the youths who mount several illegal road blocks on road across the state.

 

 

According to them, it is becoming very unbearable and more difficult for them to operate in  the state under such unfriendly conditions and threatened to withdraw their services if their complaints are not urgently attended to.

But Atser explained that he has crashed to about half the tariffs on all revenue items since assumption of office three months ago. He also told the traders that on no account should they pay to any body at the markets or elsewhere, taxes on items bought above the approved tariffs.

Copies of the adjusted and approved tariffs were distributed to them, while the Executive Chairman advised them to contact BIRS staff at Area Tax offices or zonal offices whenever, they are confronted with any challenge in the course of their businesses in the state.

He said the challenges faced by traders or other business operators in the state regarding certain irreguralities in  the payment of taxes is not the state policy on tax administration since BIRS has since taken proactive steps to address those issues.

“We have resolved those issues of multiple taxation and illegal road block. We have also adjusted tariff on virtually all taxable items and have succeeded in stabilising the chaotic situations we met on assumption of office.

“We have, on several occasions, met and interfaced with the two paramount rulers in the state; the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse and the Oc’Idoma, Elias Obekpa as well as other traditional rulers and community leaders to seek their cooperation in the areas of checkmating the activites of the younths in their areas.

“We hope that, these will yield fruitful results soon. Again, with the coming of board of the combined security operatives, we were sure to overcome those challenges,” he stated.

 

 

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