Don’t overburden Nigerians with tax, Lawan tells FIRS

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday asked the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to widen the tax net rather than overburden the people and business concerns.

Ola Awoniyi, his Special Adviser on Media in a statement in Abuja noted that Ahmad Lawan was the Guest Speaker at the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Audit and Recovery of back years Stamp Duties.

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The event was also Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), formal launching of adhesive Stamp for Stamp Duties collection in Nigeria.

“We should rather expand the tax net. Let’s not over burden our businesses or our citizens,” Lawan said at the event which took place in Abuja.

The President of the Senate said that there were many people who were supposed to pay taxes but were not captured in the tax net.

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“Let’s expand the tax net and ensure that we have in the net many more Nigerians who are supposed to pay taxes, and you have our support at all times,” Lawan said.

He said the Senate was aware of the various challenges against the efforts of the FIRS to rejig tax administration in the country especially the global challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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