EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed that the use of technology for tax collection as against non-state actors and consultants was to ensure that traders are protected from undue harassment and double taxation.
Governor Obaseki stated this during a courtesy visit by the Chairman of Tax Appeal Tribunal, South-South Zone, Prof. Obehi Odiase-Alegimenlen, to Government House in Benin City. He said his administration would strengthen ties with the Tax Appeal Tribunal, South-South Zone, to boost tax compliance in the state, especially with the recent influx of investors into the state.
“I appeal that we work together on advocacy, especially in improving the communication mechanism to drive compliance. People ought to know the importance of paying taxes and that it is their civic responsibility,” he added.
He said the state had undertaken significant reforms in tax administration and has implemented a series of initiatives in deploying technology for tax collection, which have made the process easier and more transparent.
The state boss also harped on the unpopularity of pushing people to pay tax across board, but hoped to step-up the desired sensitisation and l judicious use of the tax proceeds.
The Chairman of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, South-South Zone, Prof. Obehi Odiase-Alegimenlen on the other hand, said that the tribunal was set-up to resolve disputes between clients and the tax authorities to ensure a level playing field for all and to boost public revenue.