The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service says it has begun taxpayer engagement as part of efforts to boost revenue collection through improved tax administration in the state.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Zaid Abubakar, stated this at the opening of a three-day taxpayers and stakeholders engagement meeting in Kaduna on Friday.
Abubakar explained that the engagement became necessary to get feedback from taxpayers on “what the agency is doing right, what is not working well and harvest suggestions on way forward.”
This, according to him, will enable the agency to improve its tax administration policies to engender voluntary compliance among taxpayers, which in the long run improve revenue collection in the state.
“We have started this engagement in the northern zone and today we are holding the second phase for taxpayers in central zone in Kaduna and it will last for the next three days.
“By next week we move to Kafanchan to engage taxpayers in southern zone so that we will all be on the same page.
“The goal is to get feedback from taxpayers on their challenges and suggestions on areas they want us to adjust. We want to serve taxpayers better, but we need their input to enable us to do that effectively.
He said as part of efforts to improve tax administration in the state, KDIRS would soon rollout online platforms to ease the payment of taxes in the state.
He explained that the platforms would enable taxpayers to pay all taxes from the comfort of their houses and ease the business of tax collection in the state.
“We are extending this initiative to vehicle registration and renewal, which we hope before the end of first quarter of 2020 will be done online.
“Once this is done, people will be able to register their vehicle online at the comfort of their houses and offices, including the opportunity to choose a preferred number.
“Kaduna is becoming a smart city and we don’t want our taxpayer to be left behind. We want to ensure that people pay their taxes voluntarily and comfortably,” he said.
One of the taxpayers, Mr Wale Adebayo commended KDIR for organising the meeting, which he described as key to ensuring voluntary tax compliance in the state.
According to him, periodic engagement of taxpayers by the agency will create the needed understanding between the tax administrators and taxpayers as well as provide avenue to seek redress on lingering tax issues.
Edited & Vetted By: Saidu Adamu/ Tukur Muntari.
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