The staff of Ogun State Internal Revenue Service came out en-mass on Friday to sensitize the good people of the state on the need for voluntary tax compliance.
This was followed with the cutting of cake in celebration of His Excellency, Prince Dr Dapo Abiodun, the Executive Governor of Ogun State on his 61st birthday and second year in office which came up the next day, Saturday May 29,2021.
According to the Executive Chairman, Mr Olugbenga Anthony Olaleye, the exercise with the the theme, ‘Building Ogun State Together through Voluntary Tax Compliance” is needed to ensure healthy staffers.
He added that it was also an avenue to enlighten members of the public on the need to see voluntary payment of taxes as a demonstration of their contribution towards building the state.
The programme commenced with a health check-up for members of staff who participated in the walk to ascertain their fitness for the exercise and was spiced with distribution of fliers.
The walk equally afforded them opportunity to interact with members of the public to remind them of their civic responsibilities as stipulated by law and also enlightened them that payment of their taxes as and when due would show their participation in the building agenda of the state government.
Also members of the public were educated on the need for all resident taxable adults in the state to voluntarily pay appropriate taxes as and when due without being coerced.
“It’s a great opportunity for us both in terms of the mental help for ourselves and ofcourse, to sensitize the people in terms of the importance of paying their taxes and it is not just paying the taxes, but voluntarily paying it.
“That is all of us building our state together,” Olaleye said.
He reiterated the need for togetherness in the building of the state, saying “tax basically is money that should be paid by every taxable adult earning an income, as this money is compulsory for the purpose of developing the state, through provision of infrastructural and social amenities examples of such as good roads for easy accessibility, efficient health care service delivery, and so on.”
Explaining further, he said apart from the ‘pay as you earn scheme’ which is for those working in any organisation or the government workers, “there are those that can be levied directly through the understanding of their networth which is called direct assessment.”
However, he added that there were some that were not easily assessable like artisans, the market women and the likes, which the principle of what we called minimum tax is accrue to, and it is just a way of bringing our people to be a part of those contributing to the government of the state and inorder to have self fulfilment.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Revenue 1, Mr Jide Sanwo bared his mind on the lukewarmness attitude of the people towards paying tax , this, he said “necessitated the tax sensitisation exercise and then followed by the need to celebrate our governor’s 61st birthday. “