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No more additional taxes, says FIRS boss Adedeji

Zach Adedeji

Published By: Paul Dada

The Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Zacch Adedeji, says additional taxes will not be introcuced in the country by the agency.

Adedeji, as made known in a statement by his  Special Adviser on Media, Dare Adekanmbi,  said this on Wednesday, when the Chief Executive Officer of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Adebayo Alli, led the management team of the company on a visit the agency’s office  in Abuja.

“The President gave a directive that he wants a single digit tax in the country, meaning that the maximum number of taxes we will have after the work of the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms will be nine taxes.

“For us at FIRS, we have responded to that directive. We want to grow the pie such that even if we are taking the same percentage of the bigger pie, the result will be huge.

“By God’s grace, we will not introduce additional taxes nor increase any form of tax. We are only determined to increase the pie. We have restructured our operations at FIRS in such a way that we are now effectively carrying out our duty of assessing, collecting and accounting for taxes. We used to have functional types of taxes, but we have identified that the only customers we have are the taxpayers,” Adedeji said.

The FIRS boss said the consumer credit scheme recently introduced by President Bola Tinubu would impact positively on the purchasing power of Nigerians.

He said: “In a couple of days, the consumer credit scheme will be launched and what that will do is really set the right fundamentals, especially for the kind of products you sell.

“In an economy of our size, it will be extremely difficult if we don’t have a consumer credit scheme. People need to eat before they drink. But when they have credit to buy things, this gives them more money that they can use to come to drink and relax after work.

“More so, the President has also directed the commencement of a single window platform for your logistics at the ports. So, instead of having to pay in many places, you can now do that through the platform, most especially for companies like yours. You know your products before they come into the country, so you pay before they arrive, as the issue of port congestion that delays the time you get your raw materials has been taken care of now,” the FIRS boss said.


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