Taxation: Kaduna Network to Strategize on Ensuring Taxpayers get Value for Money
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
A group, Tax Justice Network (TJN), promoting a fair, just, equitable and progressive tax regime in Kaduna State, has resolved to strategize on ensuring taxpayers in the state get value for their money.
Rising from its quarterly review meeting on Saturday, the Network said they are building alliance with the government to ensure that government reinvest the money they are collecting from the citizens back to the system in form of development so that the citizens can feel the impact.
The network is made up of civil society organizations, organized private sector, individuals and media partners that has been engaging issues related to Tax Justice.
The network has been advocating for equity and inclusive prosperity that will foster social and economic justice through an equitable and fair tax system that holds public officials and service providers accountable.
Coordinator of the Network, Simeon Olatunde, in his remarks, noted that the essence of the meeting was to discuss issues around tax and other related matters and what they have done in previous months and plan for the next quarter of the year in the interest of the citizens.
He added that the meeting was also meant to provide opportunity for members to learn, review and deliberate on what has happened and the way forward, have a better understanding of how the network works and get acquainted with the new Finance Act; especially for new members.
“There is need to restrategize on how to engage and learn more about taxation, know who we are and what we are supposed to do to support the government for the benefit of the citizens.” Simon said.
Speaking on taxation and it’s purpose, Obafunso Rahmon, Immediate past Chair of Charter Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Kaduna District, said paying tax is a way of citizens contributing to the running of government for their own benefits.
He emphasized that every citizen must pay tax because every expenses by the government is drawn from taxes, adding “every citizen must contribute to government through payment of tax for the development of public goods and services.
“This money is what government use for services like security which every other aspects of the economy is hinged on. It is also used to develop infrastructure in education, health and other sectors. Also invested in businesses to generate employment.
“Evading tax therefore means that government can not take care of the livelihood of the citizenry. And if you evade tax, you can be punish for it.”
On his parts, Chinedu Bassey, who spoke virtually from the Network’s Abuja office, urged the Kaduna team to synergize with the state tax administrator and ensure that the relationship is very cordial for better results.
“You need to constantly be reeducated on issues of taxation, get acquainted with tax laws and policies, keep abreast with data on taxes so that when government is taking any decision about taxes, you will know why they are doing it and what to do about it”. He advised.