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ODIRS targets 1m tax payers

ODIRS targets 1m tax payers

By Fatima Muriana
Ondo State Internal Revenue Service(ODIRS) will soon embark on census to capture over one million tax payers. Already, the service has captured about 400,000 tax payers out of over a million taxable adults in the state.

The Chairman of the Internal Revenue Service, Mr Tolu Adegbie disclosed this in an interview with The Hope yesterday in Akure, the state capital.

Adegbie explained that the state with about 3.9 million population among which 50 percentage are youths below 18 years has close to a million taxable adults.

According to him, the state will soon conduct a census of taxable adults to get the exact figure of her taxable adults.

He said that there are different categories of taxable adults, saying that it is not all taxable adults that could pay tax.

He noted that some are exempted by law like the Pastors, Imams and the Pensioners whom he said do not earn salaries.

His words:”The figures we focus on is how many people are paying taxes. The population of the state is about 3.9million and 50 percent are youths who are below 18years

.”We are looking at 3.9million people divided by two, that is about 1.9million people, so, if you say from1.9 million, a million is removed for some people who are exempted and the unemployed graduates, the number of people expected to pay taxes should be close to a million”, he observed.

According to Adegbie, the law permits the state to generate its tax identification numbers for people, saying that it is then it could be said they have been captured.

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He declared that the state had been operating the Joint Task Board (JTB) where only 50,000 people were captured while they were not the only people paying taxes.

” We have a payment platform that records the payment each person made which gave the number given based on our tax clearance certificate”, he added.

The Chairman, who reacted on the position of the state as the ninth position in IGR said the state will be among the top five before the end of next year.

According to him, performing well is not a magic but must be carefully planned stressing that the impact of the newly recruited revenue officers would fully be felt next year.

ODIRS targets 1m tax payers

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