CITN, Tax Network holds compliance, redress campaign in Kaduna biggest Mobile gadgets market
Network of tax justice advocates has taken tax compliance and redress mechanism enlightenment campaign to “Makarfi plaza” in Kaduna, as part of activities to commemorate the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) week.
Makarfi plaza is one of the famous and leading mobile phones, gadgets and accessories market located in the central market in kaduna.
The CITN tax week, technically supported by Tax Justice Network, (TJN) and Follow Taxes on tax walk/clinic, was funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It was also in partnership with the Kaduna State Tax Justice and Government Platform (TJ&GP)
The theme of the CITN tax week is ‘Taxation: a panacea to economic growth and development.
Speaking to newsmen after an awareness walk on tax compliance on Sartuday in Kaduna, Dr Said Sulaiman, the National Coordinator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Tax for SDGs Initiative, said there are alot of issues around the world.
He mentioned one of the issues to be poverty which he said the UN came up with SDGs programme with the intent of seeing how to reduce poverty, educate the people, reduce gender parity and gap which could only be done with money.
Sulaiman therefore, said regarding that, the UNDP’s tax initiative conceived the need to support the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) to generate as much revenue and resources as possible to be able to solve the issues.
He lamented that many people were ignorant of what they are supposed to pay as tax, hence their support to the project inorder to educate tax payers on the procedures and guidelines for payment of taxes and what the money is used for.
He urged the public to be tax compliance inorder to enjoy it dividends in livelihood and socio-economic development and positive transformation of the state.
Also, Mr Simeon Olatunde, the Coordinator of TJN in Kaduna, said tax payers sometimes experience conflicting issues in trying to pay their taxes.
“Sometimes they don’t know who to reach out to resolve their challenges, this tax week awareness campaign is an avenue for them to seek knowledge on tax.
“The platform will avail the tax payers the opportunity to lay their complains so we can resolve it, for those issues we can’t resolve, we will refer them to the appropriate unit at the KADIRS,”he said.
According to him, the Government can not shy away from tax payers plights, stressing that everybody would want to see infrastructural and economic development at their door steps.
Olatunde therefore expressed optimism that the government would reach the level of massive development, while acknowledging the previous government administration’s feats in infrastructural and human development.
He urged the Government on more visibility at the grassroots, so as to give the locals sence of belonging that their taxes is also working for them.
He also urged the public to pay tax as at when due, stressing that is the only way the Government can fulfill it’s own part of the social contract.
“Loan is not the best option for us, government are forced to take it. There is a burden in loan, because there are charges attached to it, if we pay our taxes, there will not be additional cost.
“It will also empower the tax payers to hold the Government accountable because they have play their parts of the social contract,”Olatunde said.
Earlier, Alice John, the Head, Tax Payers Service Unit of KADIRS, restated the importance of tax payment.
She added that tax payment is a responsibility of of the people, while stating that the two religions also advocates strongly the need and importance of tax payment.
She said the Grievance Redress Mechanism unit at the KADIRS is always available for costumers either through phone call, social media platforms or their website in addressing issues and complains by tax payers.
John therefore noted the existence of penalty for tax defaulters, while urging businesses and cooperate organisations to ensure prompt payment of taxes.
Also, Mr Ibrahim Ajaka, the Chairman of the Makarfi Plaza Union, commended the network for the tax clinic in the plaza.
Ajaka, represented by Abiodun Ajadi, the First Floor representative of the union, said business owners in the plaza have prior knowledge of tax payment and redress mechanism.
He however said the tax clinic had elaborated more and explicitly address some peculiar issues related to tax being faced by business owners especially in the plaza.
He restated their committment in prompt tax payment, while urging the government to make business activities in the plaza and Kaduna markets in general more friendly.