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Annual Tax Returns: FCT IRS Urges MDAs/Employers To Meet January Deadline

In continuation of Tax Payers sensitisation, the FCT IRS Management and staff has again taken the tax education message to Jabi – Utako park, with a call on organizations and employers of Labour to file their 2021 annual returns before the end of January 2022.

Director of Tax Operations, Mr Malik Tukur, along side other FCT IRS top management team, led the second day tax sensitisation road walk from Connoil Filling Station Jabi-Utako, Abuja.

Employees were also called upon to file their personal annual returns before the end of March 2022 to avoid sanctions.

Speaking with Kapital FM in Abuja, Mr Tukur explained that failure of organizations to file their annual returns attracts penalty of N500, 000 and above , while those of the individuals attracts N50,000 Fines.

He warned that FCT IRS maybe left with no choice, but to begin the enforcement of the tax laws on defaulters.

Mr Malik who emphasized that taxation was essential for the running of government, said filing of annual returns enhances transparency and accountability.

“The employers have the mandate by law to deduct employees tax from sources and remit same to government. They are trying. The area of remittances is where accountability is lacking. For instance, when all employees file their personal income tax return, it will bring accountability and transparency. Come and file annual returns does not mean come and pay tax. Just file your annual returns , you pay tax only when you make profit or earning income” Tukur said.

According to Mr Tukur, it cost government huge resources to put infrastructure in place as well as the maintainence.

He therefore encouraged all tax payers, particularly FCT residents to embrace the culture of paying taxes, especially now that the revenue from the nation’s crude oil could no longer cater for the myriad yearnings of the citizenry.

Other areas covered on Day 2 tax drive awareness creation include: Jabi Lake axis, through to the popular Berger roundabout, offices and shops around Wuse Market, Zone 3, Zone 4 to Shops and offices around Bannex Plaza and terminated at the City Park, Wuse 2.

By Remi Johnson

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