By JIDAUNA DARING

The Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, PSIRS has evolved a deliberate strategy aimed at strengthening the revenue collection in the state.

The Executive Chairman of the Service, Mr. Arlat Dashe disclosed this in a statement in Jos, a copy of which was made to THE NIGERIA STANDARD, stressing that already his organization has embarked on the collection data of people through issuance of revenue.

According to Mr. Dashe the Tax Identification Number, (TIN) which is free is aimed at identifying people’s business, issuance of tax clearance and free access of loans just to mention a few.

The statement further revealed that the organisation has engaged the informal sector in critical issues on presumptive tax, which would be categorized into high profile, middle and low profile businesses for effective approach and proper revenue collection.

Speaking on the 2020 budget recently presented by Governor Simon Lalong who doubles as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Mr. Dashe  stressed that the budget was centered on revenue generation of 16bill, adding that the Service has already collected over N11billion from January to October this year and optimistic that its target for next year  will be achieved.

According to him, the organisation was working with MDAs such as the Ministries of Agriculture, Lands and Survey, Commerce and Industry as well as the Ministry of Education to ensure that all revenues accrued to government were charged and tapped for developmental progress of the state.

Some of the challenges affecting revenue collection, according to the statement, included awareness, tax education, issuance of multiple taxation and enlightenment which the  service was currently addressing, adding that the Plateau State Government was also living up to the social responsibility to ensure that people enjoy the dividend of democracy.

Mr. Dashe emphasized that street lightening, road construction, provision of portable water and filling of potholes as some of the critical issues affecting tax payers which Governor Simon Lalong was living no stone unturned to ensure that all citizens in the state were benefiting.

The Executive Chairman took time to explain that payment of tax was not punishment, but a civic responsibility of every citizen as more of government presence in all nooks and crannies would be felt.

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