The executive chairman of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS), Jerry Adams, says they have eliminated all tax leakages and corrupt practices, where the state emerges fifth in IGR collection in Nigeria.
Mr Adams said this on Saturday in Kaduna at the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) Kaduna and District Society’s 2023 Annual Tax Week dinner.
The theme of the week was: “Taxation: A Panacea to Economic Growth and Development”.
Mr Adams, represented by Ibrahim Galadima, said that KADIRS had enthroned an exemplary record in the collection of taxes.
He said, “Apparently, all our processes are automated and payments can be made online without any hassle.
“Our unprecedented revenue efforts in the past years have yielded positive outcomes and made us became the cynosure of all eyes of states in recent years.”
According to him, taxation is the most elastic and dependable source of government revenue.
Mr Adams added that in the contemporary period, taxes were not limited to the quantum of money collected but used for the purposes of the growth and development of the national economy.
The executive chairman said that taxation was now an instrument of fiscal policy used to accelerate economic growth through the functions of allocation of resources.
It is also used for income redistribution through poverty eradication and the provision of public goods like education, health and infrastructure and stabilisation.
Mr Adams commended the immediate past administration of the state for laying the groundwork and the present administration for consolidating and building on those gains which made Kaduna stand out in the IGR collection.
He also commended the selfless and relentless efforts of the members of the staff of KADIRS in the performance of their official duties.
Earlier, the auditor general of Kaduna State, Abubakar Abdullahi, said taxation was not just about collecting revenue.
He said, ”It is about creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, attracting investments, and providing equal public services to citizens.
“It is through effective tax policies and administration that we can bridge the gap between economic development and social welfare, ensuring that prosperity is shared by all.”
Mr Abdullahi advocated dynamism of the tax system, adding that it would keep pace with the changing economic and technological landscape.
“We must strive for simplicity, transparency, and fairness in our tax policies, minimising the burden on taxpayers while maximising revenue for national development.
”To achieve this, collaboration and cooperation between the Government, tax professionals, and taxpayers are paramount.
“By working together, we can create a tax system that encourages voluntary compliance, reduces tax evasion, and fosters a culture of tax payment as a civic duty,” he said.
Mr Abdullahi acknowledged the hard work and dedication of tax professionals who tirelessly navigate the complexities of tax laws, advising individuals and businesses.
According to him, they are also contributing to the growth of the country and ensuring compliance with tax regulations.
Also speaking, the Kaduna district chairman of the CITN, Mr Dalhatu Abdulazeez, said taxation played a significant role in the development and progress of the country.
According to him, taxation is not merely a means of revenue generation for the government but a mechanism that fosters socio-economic growth, promotes good governance and ensures a more equitable distribution of resources.
Mr Abdulazeez said that CITN has been at the forefront of promoting professionalism, knowledge, and expertise in the field of taxation.
“As the premier professional body for tax practitioners in Nigeria, the Institute has been instrumental in shaping tax policies, providing guidance to professionals, and upholding the highest ethical standards in the practice of taxation,” he said.
Mr Abdulazeez said that the event brought together professionals, experts and stakeholders in the field of taxation to celebrate the achievements, advancements and challenges faced in the realm of taxation in the country.
He also said the annual tax week featured visitation to orphanage homes, sports competitions and meaningful interactions with past chairmen of the CITN.
Mr Abdulazeez thanked their sponsors and partners for their support and members of the district for their dedication and hard work.
The high point of the event was the presentation of awards to individuals who contributed to the development of CITN in Kaduna.
Those awarded were the chairman of KADIRS, the commissioner of the planning and budget commission, Amina Etsu, Abdulkadir Kayode, Rahmon Obafunso and Theophilus Ashaolu, among others.