Experts suggest way forward on taxation in FCT

Tax practitioners have asked the authorities of the  Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to forget the move to stop technical partners from revenue collection, and empower civil servants to be in charge.
FCTA had through the Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement convened a stakeholders’ meeting between council chairmen to end multiple taxations in Abuja, recently.

In a statement issued Monday, by FCT chairman of Safer Tax Network, Dr Nasiru Oseni on behalf of others,  said there was the need for FCTA to avoid violation of laws guiding revenue collection in the territory and heed to the FCT Internal Revenue Service Act, 2015-A253-309/ Vol.102. 
“The Act says appoint and employ practicing tax practitioners or chartered accountants and professional firms to be in-charge of the collection and monitoring agents to collect information through tax audit and  monitor compliance with relevant tax laws, under this Act with the aim of achieving the Internally Generated Revenue target of the FCT/Councils.” 

The statement added that the council chairmen/officials are legitimately empowered by the constitution and other various laws to engage the use of experts without involving them in the revenue generation.

It said  there would be constant  leakages and poor generation, igniting crisis between  the council chairmen and stakeholders. 
Oseni stated that in the past, efforts by FCT Administration received resistance from the councils’ authorities.
He said the use of technical partners, consultants; private firms and individuals remain the best way to boost revenue generation across the six area councils and beyond.
It said: “There is nothing wrong to use capable and experienced hands for the collection of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), it is a global practice to employ experts in this field to achieve the desired results.”