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We’re improving tax collection and not imposing new taxes – FG

Jul 7, 2023 #National News

The federal government has said that it has no intention of imposing new taxes on Nigerians.

Zacchaeus Adedeji, special adviser to the President on revenue who spoke at a press briefing at the state house, said they are only improving collection of taxes. 

Adedeji said; 

“As you rightly said that there’s a plan or possibly proposal for petroleum tax, if you look at the current price templates, that has already been included, so this suspension has nothing to do with that. So the pricing structure that you have for PMS today, all those have been included, there’s no new taxes that we’re bringing in.

“Like my colleague has said, one of the key focus of this administration is to harmonise our taxes, the way we collect it.

“Mr. President actually wants to simplify and make it friendly to business, the way we operate taxes in Nigeria. As we know, when we talk about the revenue management, it’s not only in tax collection, the starting point is our economic policy because our aim is not to tax poverty.

“Our aim is not to tax production. Our aim is to increase our productive activities, capacity to produce, then we can tax our consumption and that is the direction of our economic planning and then we want to increase the trust that we have in the government.

“If you have observed what has happened in the last months that we’ve been here, we’ve kept our words, part of what we are doing today, just to increase this trust that we’re here to do what’s best for the country.

“Lastly, we have a robust plan to improve our collection management and compliance management because that is what is needed.

“So we’re not going to impose new taxes, it’s the one that we have that we’ll improve the collection, the management and the efficient use of those resources.

“That is the pledge and promise of Mr. President, which we’re here to make sure comes to reality.”

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