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FG to Recruit 7,500 Graduates As Community Tax Liaison Officers

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, along with the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler made this known at a joint press briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

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The federal government has said it will recruit 7,500 graduates as Community Tax Liaison Officers to raise tax awareness among citizens.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, along with the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler made this known at a joint press briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

Adeosun said the recruits would be expected to go to schools, churches, mosques, markets and other social places to educate people on the tax system and let them know their obligations.

She said through this initiative, the government hopes to increase the number of taxpayers by 35 percent -from 14 million to about 17 million- in two years.

“We will be recruiting them through N-Power and they can apply through the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance or through the N-Power website.

“It’s a two-year fixed contract and they will be deployed to states, attached to state Internal Revenue Service or FIRS.

“Their job is to improve the level of education on the Nigeria’s tax system.

“Our tax system is progressive, meaning those who earn less should pay less and those who earn more should pay more.

“A lot of people don’t know that. So it’s a chance to get people on ground to answer all these pertinent questions,” she said.

Graduates of accounting, economics, mathematics and other relevant courses would be given priority under the programme.

However, intelligent graduates interested in a career in tax administration can apply as the government plans to train the recruits to become tax professionals.

“This exercise is extremely important for the fiscal sustainability of states because as you know, most of the revenue for states apart from FAAC is supposed to come from tax.

“So if we improved the number of taxpayers, we will be improving the fiscal health of our state governments as well as the Federal Government.

“It’s an important initiative for the nation as we undertake reforms to reduce our over-dependence on oil.

“We have to make sure that everyone who is economically active pays tax, no matter how little, they have to contribute to the pool,” she said.

On the remuneration, Adeosun said the recruits would be paid N30,000 monthly and they stand to receive performance-based incentives measured by the number of people they enrol during the two-year period.

The FIRS chairman reiterated that tax evasion is a punishable offence in the country.

He said the tax tribunal is being reconstituted as tax dodgers would be prosecuted.

Fowler encouraged citizens to be law-abiding and pay their taxes.



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