By JIDAUNA DARING
As part of effort to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) has said its target for the year 2020 was to have about one million people on its tax net in the state.
Chairman of the PSIRS, Mr. Dashe D. Arlat stated this last Tuesday while briefing journalists at the Main Conference Hall of the organisation in Jos on the success recorded in revenue collection in 2019.
Mr. Arlat disclosed that out of about four million people in Plateau State, those that pay tax revenue were not up to 30 percent of the said population, adding that the Service’s plan this year was to surpass the budgeted revenue target of 16 billion given to them.
He noted that the Service was planning to set a committee that would always look into things that the PSIRS would do every quarter of the year to further increase the revenue profile of the state.
He maintained that the PSIRS would henceforth be having its quarterly appraisal which would be done monthly, adding that there would be rewarding system for the performing departments of the organisation.
Mr. Arlat noted that the target for the 2020 revenue generation was much, saying that the Service would embark on a lot of things that would bring them up, especially in the area of enhancing data collections and aggressive enforcement across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.
The Chairman assured of PSIRS readiness to work together with the MDAs, saying that the budgeted revenue target of N 22 billion for the state and N16 billion for the organisation, all for the year 2020 were achievable “if all cooperated in the revenue collections”.
He applauded staff of the revenue for their hard work and encouraged them to even do more than what they have done in 2019, stressing that the service would not relent in its effort, particularly in educating and enlightening people on the importance of paying taxes to the government.
He added that the Service can only use law enforcement agents on those who refuse to comply with the payment of its taxes, such as organizations, companies and shops, saying that such places were sometimes sealed by PSIRS for non compliance.
He then called on every tax payer in the state to always ensure compliance in the payment of their tax as a compulsory obligation for every citizen, adding that the Service has less litigation because some of the cases were sometimes settled out of court with those that drag the service to court.
Mr. Arlat further explained that the PSIRS has also expanded its PAYEE net, which he said has equally yielded good returns, particularly in the private sector, adding that the Service was ready to take the state high in revenue generation. He said that there would be no hiding place for tax defaulters, especially with the functional tax duty audit in place in the organisation.
He listed some of the benefits of paying tax to include construction of roads, building of hospitals and schools among several other social amenities to the citizenry in the state.
Arlat however used the forum to also commend the media for their laudable contribution, especially for keeping people informed about the activities and programmes of the organisation, and also sued for continued good working relationship in order to move the state forward.