Kwara state government has decried the low compliance with tax payment among residents of the state despite increase awareness by Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).
The Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor, Dr. Muideen Akorede disclosed this while featuring on a live radio programme in Ilorin, the state capital.
Dr. Akorede said the only 10 percent of residents in the state are currently paying taxes, noting highest number comes from PAYE by civil servants and others private sector.
He stated that the people’s attitude towards taxation is not encouraging because it’s civic responsibility of citizen to government.
The governor’s spokesman added that Kwara state government has being using internally generated revenue prudently in area of infrastructural development, augment salary payment and others.
He urged citizen of the state to embrace tax payment, adding that the state needs more fund for development.
According to him: “Government needs more money for development; imagine if 30 percent of potential tax payers are paying, we can make about N5billion monthly. This will provide more revenue for the state government to do projects.
“Governor Ahmed led administration has earmarked N13billion for infrastructural development through IF-K in the last two years. This became possible as a result of N500million monthly contributions of KW-IRS to IF-K.”