Kogi, DFID partner on tax review

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) said it was partnering with Kogi Government to review the draft of harmonized bill on taxes in the state.

In a statement in Abuja, DFID said that the essence of the review of the bill to be presented to the state legislature was to ensure that a regime of fair taxation existed in the state

The statement signed by DFID Communication Specialist, Victoria Ndoh, said that a provision would be made in the bill for persons with complaints on tax assessment to seek clarifications.

According to the statement, the bill will help any person that disputes assessment of tax to apply to the relevant local government council through notice of objection in writing for a review of the assessment.

“The bill will give Kogi residents the right to address any dispute in tax demand notices,’’ the statement said.

DFID explained that officials from the 21 local government councils in the state and the state Board of Internal Revenue were recently trained on tax matters, adding that issues of tenement rates were reviewed.

“Issues such as categorizing wards in the state into urban, semi-urban and sub-urban to promote fairness in taxation across the state were also extensively discussed,’’ it added.

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