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Kaduna IRS meets 90% mid-year revenue collection target – Official



Kaduna IRS meets 90% mid-year revenue collection target – Official

By Philippe Yataï

The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) has reached 90 percent of its mid-year target of N60 billion.

Its executive chairman, Dr Zaid Abubakar, told Kaduna on Saturday during a one-day mid-year strategic retreat to review his performance over the past six months.

Abubakar said he was uncomfortable with the 90 percent mid-year performance, even when it translated to around 50 percent of the 2021 target.

“This is why we are reviewing our performance to see how we can close the gap to allow us to meet more than 100% of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) target for the year.

“We really need to take stock of our capabilities, the available resources and how close we are to achieving the goal we have set for ourselves.

“The retreat will therefore allow us to review our successes, our challenges, share our experiences and learn from each other on what we need to do to achieve better results,” he said.

He noted that Kaduna State wished to be dependent on IGR by generating higher income than what it received from the Federation account.

This, according to him, will allow the state to break out of the traditional dependence on the statutory allowance, noting however that it will not be an easy task.

He said the state currently has around 500,000 taxpayers, digitally enrolled in its taxpayer network.

Abubakar said the tax service plan should have at least one million taxpayers in the database by the end of the year.

“We are already implementing initiatives to achieve this, including the“ One taxpayer, five taxpayers per week ”initiative which should massively broaden the taxpayers’ net.

“This in turn will bring more revenue to the state,” he noted.

The boss of KADIRS also noted that some of the tax offices had already reached a level above their target for the year.

He said such an exceptional performance should be encouraged.

Abubakar pledged a personal reward of N 500,000 for any tax or revenue officer in the region who doubled his target. (NAN)

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