July 2, 2022 10:20 am

ABSG Bans “Tax Farming”, To Launch ABIA-I-SERVE

By Our Reporter

The Abia State Government has placed a total ban on “tax farming” selling off revenues to consultants either at the Local Government Area or Ministries Department and Agencies levels, adding such contracts will not be honoured henceforth.

According to a release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem and made available to newsmen in the state, the action was in line with the Abia State Tax Codification Law, 2020 and consistent with the just signed directive of Abia State on Internally Generated Revenue. 

The release directed that all revenues must be paid into Government Revenue Accounts even where consultants or third parties were involved, before due settlements could be undertaken.

The release partly read, “All LGA’s, MDAs Consultants and Revenue Agents are warned that any contravention of this law/policy shall lead to arrest and prosecution; 

“All LGA bye-laws (where available) must align with the Abia State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law 2020 as the current law supersedes all previous laws or engagements.

 “Any Agent who has claims prior to this time should write to the Abia State IGR Council showing evidence of such claims in other for the claim to be settled, as the new law also overrides all previoud arrangements;

 “All IGR collection and enforcement activities must be technology driven, tied to payer’s ABSSIN in line with the State Government ABSSIN policy, and authorized by ABiRS. 

“Every revenue collected in Abia State must form part of the State’s IGR reports recognized by the Federal Government and World Bank.  Any revenue not reported shall be deemed as diversion. 

“All LGAs/MDAs or their consultants are hereby mandated to comply with the above policy or be held liable”.

In another development, the Abia State Government has invited all the Commissioners; the Head of Service, Sir Onyii Wamah; all Permanent Secretaries; all Local Government Chairmen and their Treasurers; all Directors of Finance in the State MDAs” Heads of Parastatals; Media Practitioners and the General Public to the Official Launching of the ABIA-I-SERVE (Abia State General Service Portal (Phase I) www.abia.oneserve.ng on Tuesday, 7th December, 2021 at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia by 12noon.

 The release reminded all the invitees that the COVID-19 protocol must be strictly observed.   

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