- A legislator has raised the issue of tax payment by small and medium-sized businesses across Nigeria
- Legislators said that owners of SMEs should pay taxes to improve government internal revenue generation efforts
- Fakeye Olufemi said these SMEs, including carpenters, farmers and taxi drivers, make a lot of money and therefore have no reason to not to donate to the state coffers
A member of the House of Representatives, Fakeye Olufemi, has worked out reasons why carpenters and taxi drivers should come by Nigeria to pay taxes .
Olufemi is the legislator who represents the federal constituency of Boluwaduro / Ifedayo / Ila of the state of Osun on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a speech on the floor of the house on Wednesday October 13th, Olufemi, prop Small and medium-sized businesses, including carpenters and taxi drivers, should pay taxes. He said the tax levied on SMEs would help the federal government’s efforts to build their revenue generation plan.
When Olufemi was involved in the debate on the 2022 Grant Law that was presented to the National Assembly by the President, Olufemi said that he (in the past) grew up and remembers it that everyone was obliged to pay taxes.
Olufemi added that in the past tax payment was for all SMEs, including farmers and carpenters, which is not the case now .
He called for a tax reform that should enable inclusion, where every Nigerian has the opportunity to contribute to the revenue-generating system.
” I think our tax reform should be such that every Nigerian has the chance to make a contribution. Get out there and talk to 80 percent or 90 percent of the people in Nigeria, many of whom are self-employed; they no longer pay taxes. “
Olufemi said he wondered why the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS)-led revenue-generating agencies are reluctant to levy taxes on Nigerians who make a living one way or another.
“So when we hear FIRS or tax organizations, even the tax is a common one Board of Directors expanding the tax network; why are they shy of finding a way to get people to pay – whether you’re a carpenter, a taxi driver, or selling rice in the market – these people make a lot of money, but they I think this is an area I would like to see an increase in sales. ”
A recent tug-of-war between state governors led by Nyesom Wike and FIRS had led to a lot of legal disputes, no absolute solution for them g was in sight.
Some of the governors who were involved in arguing with the FIRS over who should collect taxes include citizens; Oluwarotimí Akeredólu (SAN) of Ondo State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Emmanuel Udom from Akwa Ibom State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos State; Delta State’s Ifeanyi Okowa; Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Douye Diri from Bayelsa State and Dapo Abiodun from Ogun State.
However, the Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami had stated that tax collection in Nigeria would continue Responsibility rests with FIRS.
Malami said that FIRS will continue to levy sales tax despite a recent legal battle with state governors.
According to the AGF, not only the federal government, but also the judiciary are of the opinion that the status quo should be maintained when collecting VAT.