The Chairman, Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS), Mr Sule Salihu Enehe, has warned all illegal tax collectors in the state to desist or face the consequences of their actions henceforth.
Enehe gave the warning at an interactive session with Journalists in Lokoja on Monday.
He decried reports reaching KGIRS from different parts of the state on activities of unauthorised revenue collectors who harass residents and travellers, adding that their shenanigans impugns the revenue service’s reputation.
Enehe said KGIRS has opened discussions with security agencies to help flush out the illegal revenue collectors in the state.
He stated that KGIRS has explained the scope of tax in the state to stakeholders and will continue to engage them, especially local governments.
The KGIRS Chairman added that the KGIRS was seriously engaging on sensitisation of the public on the need to be aware of legal taxes and revenue expected to be paid in the state.
He, however, assured that the agency would achieve 100 per cent of the estimated 2023 Budget target.
He said the KGIRS had put machinery in place plug all loopholes leading to revenue losses as observed in the state, assuring that the target would be met and surpassed.
He promised that when fully activated, the internal revenue accruing to the state would be better enhanced.
According to him, KGIRS intends to bring in more persons into the tax net, as many businesses are yet to be captured, thereby leading to loss of revenue.
The chairman added that KGIRS had motivated its staff with improved salary and welfare packages, who are ever ready to perform effectively.
Enehe added that regular promotion, other welfare packages for staff had served as a boost for improved revenue generation.
He assured that under his leadership, the service would surpass the state’s internally generated of the previous year and exceed the 2023 target.
”We are not where we need to be. We are however overhauling our area offices and re-energizing them towards improved service delivery.
”These and many other efforts are on going to improve the internally generated revenue of the state,” he said.