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Tax for generators in Benue: Our story, by BIRS chairman, Orubibi

Written By Idoma Television on Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 6:24:00 AM

STATEMENT


THE LAW WAS MADE FOR MAN: EVERY LAW MUST HAVE A HUMAN FACE
Upon assumption of office, as the Executive Chairman of Benue Internal Revenue Service (BIRS), I did a thorough study of the Benue Revenue Administration law as amended 2015 as well as other relevant revenue laws. I noticed with dismay, that some provisions of the law were not quite people friendly. 


I first of all considered it from my own point of view as a tax payer and pondered on the rationale behind the payment of some tax items. For instance, the tax on Boreholes and gaseous emission from generators were some of the tax items I have personally questioned.
However, being aware of my incapability to amend laws, I have been making consultations and liaising with relevant authorities towards the amendment of the law. As for the tax on borehole which is under Water Board, I have been discussing with the Honourable Commissioner for Water Resources and we have agreed to sponsor the bill for its repeal. 


It is a truism, that some of the rates in the law are too high, others too small and the ones on Borehole and Gaseous emission on generators NOT people friendly, as decried by taxpayers recently.

Though, aware of the inhuman face of the aforementioned tax items, I had to pass through the process of verifiability through testing before taking any step. This testing has indeed yielded a result – outright rejection by the public.

Worthy of mention is the fact that prior to the passage of this law; inputs were made by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as consultation with relevant stakeholders via public hearing. These MDAs presented the revenue items they were collecting on and the House of Assembly captured all in the law. I hereby call on all taxpayers to cooperate with the BIRS as she moves to amend the state Revenue Law by coming out in mass to align their voices with that of the service when called upon for public hearing.

Mrs. Mimi Adzape-Orubibi, FCTI
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