Plateau establishes special courts to try tax defaulters

Governor Simon Lalong has signed into law the long-awaited Internal Revenue Harmonised Bill earlier passed by the State House of Assembly, the Chairman of Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, Dashe Arlat, has said.
With the law coming into effect, taxpayers have been relieved of the burden of multiple taxation, while tax defaulters would “face prosecution and imprisonment if found guilty.”
Arlat stated these on Wednesday evening during a press conference in Jos to review the activities of the PSIRS in 2017 and make projections for 2018.
He said, “A special court has been established by the state to prosecute those who still insist on evading tax, despite the gesture from government. As much as we advocate for voluntary tax payment in Plateau state, we would not tolerate citizens deliberately evading tax. Citizens must pay tax to enable government to deliver on its promises to them.
“Plateau state is set, and the path of progress has been made clear for the activation and sustenance of an effective, efficient and performance-driven tax administration system in the state, and in all local governments.
“Together with the management and staff of the PSIRS, we hereby pledge to fully operationalise and implement extant provisions of the new law, and to equally work hard and smart to deliver better revenue generation performance for the government and people of Plateau state.”
According to him, out of the N12bn target allocated to it in the 2017 budget, the PSIRS generated the sum of N8, 198,588,090.36, adding that with the projection of N13bn as target for 2018, the agency was poised to vigorously pursue it.
Arlat said, “In 2018, we intend to seriously engage those entities who for sometimes now, are in default of their obligations. We shall therefore robustly explore all options and mechanisms that will allow such entities and/or individuals to settle their outstanding obligations under mutually convenient and beneficial terms.
“We are determined to make the law work for us all without hindrance to the continuing survival of institutions, business, trade and commerce activities in Plateau State.”

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