May 27, 2024
Provide value for taxpayers money to enhance revenue collection, FIRS tasks African govts
VAT: Continue to pay it to us --- FIRS
– By Godswill Odiong

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By Eyo Nsima
Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, has urged African governments to provide adequate value, capable of enhancing revenue collection in Africa.
FIRS Executive Chairman, Mr Muhammad Nami, who made the call while speaking at the 7th General Assembly of the African Tax Administration Forum in Lagos, Tuesday, said that ensuring value for taxpayers money would culminate in transforming tax administration on the continent.
He said: “The fiscal social contract, which hinges on the willingness of the citizens to pay tax in return for the provision of public service, is a clarion call on the Government at all levels in Africa to rethink governance. “If we must transform our tax system and enhance revenue collection in Africa, there is a need for the Government at all levels to engender public confidence and trust in government by providing value for taxpayers’ money.

“More importantly, the government should reconsider how projects are reported in the public space and the expected impact it will have on the tax-paying culture. Such reports should be communicated to convey the idea that taxpayers’ money is used to fund infrastructure projects.

“I want to appeal to all  citizens of Africa to begin to trust their government. If you trust  your government and you pay taxes, you’re able to make money available to the government to be able to provide this critical infrastructure that you leave  the continent of Africa to enjoy in the developed economy. The hospitals that are built outside the continent of Africa are built using taxpayers’ money, the beautiful roads and the critical infrastructures are made possible using taxpayer money.”

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