Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, who is the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KW-IRS has since becoming the agency’s boss been busy taking necessary steps to reposition the revenue outfit.
She disclosed penultimate week that the revenue agency generated N7.2billion and N2.1billion in the first quarter and second quarter of 2020 respectively.
The revenue agency has also generated the sum of N4,015,178,972.55 (Four Billion, Fifteen Million, One Hundred and Seventy Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy- Two Naira, Fifty-Five Kobo Only) out of a quarterly budget of N6,499,393,323.99 (Six Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Nine Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty-Three Naira, Ninety-Nine Kobo Only) for the third Quarter of the year 2020.
‘The breakdown of revenue generated within the three (3) months of Q3 (July, August, and September 2020) is highlighted as follows:
Month Revenue Generated
August 1 ,954,501,513.87
Recall that the Service raked in N7.2billion and N2.1billion in Q1 and Q2 of 2020 respectively.
The Q3 revenue achievement is an increase of about 87%, compared with figures recorded in Q2 of the year and this is as a result of the ease of lockdown and resumption of business activities across the spheres of the economy of the state.
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, therefore, has generated a total revenue of N13,396,892,060.21 (Thirteen Billion, Three Hundred and Ninety- Six Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand, Sixty Naira and Twenty-One Kobo Only) from a budget of N19,498,179,971.97 (Nineteen Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, One Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy-One Naira and Ninety-Seven Kobo Only), year to date, which translates to a fulfillment of a Sixty-Nine Percent (69%) collection achievement as at September 2020’ she said.
Disclosing that the revenue agency has introduced harmonized bills for taxpayers as relevant to the respective taxpayers where various revenue items accruable to the MDAs across the state are consolidated and served, doing this will according to her among other things make taxpayers know their total revenue and tax obligations to the state, streamline interaction of revenue authorities with the taxpayers and ensure adequate data capturing, payment narration and receipting of all payments made.
‘The collectibles on the harmonized bills include Registration and Renewal Fees on Business Premises, Signage and Advertisement fee, Fire Prevention/ Inspection of Establishment Fee, Earning from Gaseous Emission, Environmental Health and Safety Permit fees, Street Set back.
Also, consolidated on the harmonized bills are Registration and Renewal of License such as Hospital, Clinics and Laboratories, Drug stores, Cold rooms, Agro dealers, slaughter slab, Veterinary drug store, Feed Mills centers, Livestock farm, Schools, Car dealers and Private Garages, Hotel, Event centres, Eateries and Restaurants’ she added.
Omoniyi also said the revenue agency in its bid to ease Tax Payment and ensure continued blockage of all forms of revenue leakages has provided seamless Online Payment Platforms as opposed to direct cash lodgments into the IGR accounts of the state.
The links to the online payment platforms are according to her available on the KW-IRS official website (irs.kw.gov.ng) and on all the agency’s social media platforms.
The KWIRS will, according to Omoniyi remain focused and committed to its sole responsibility of Mobilizing Revenue for the Strategic Development of Kwara State.
The revenue agency has also promised to take necessary steps towards consolidating its performance in the last quarter of the year as schools and businesses reopen in the state after lockdown while the government continues to do its best ‘to stop all forms of criminalities and unrest in the State capital caused by hoodlums who hid under the #EndSARS protests to perpetrate crimes all across the nation’.