The Government of Akwa Ibom State has announced that it would now collect taxes on alcohol consumed in hotels and beer parlors in order to raise the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) .
This was revealed through the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akan Okon, who told pressmen in Uyo that people who consumed alcoholic drinks would begin to pay a token as tax.
Some people who lodge in hotels and consume alcohol will henceforth pay taxes to the state government.
The focus is to look inward to see how the various opportunities that are available in the state can be harnessed to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Commissioner condemned the attitude of some businessmen in the informal sector of the economy who failed to pay tax to government, saying the state would pull the resources together and that would help in providing social amenities in the state if the taxes were duly paid.
Mr. Okon who revealed that property tax and entertainment tax were not collected in the state in order for tax uniformity, explained that the state government had put measures in place to ensure that revenue opportunities were tapped to raise its IGR.
The Commissioner further stated that a new tax consultant had been appointed to block leakages associated with revenue collection, adding that the e-receipt system had been introduced to check revenue leakages in the state.
We are introducing electronic e-receipt instead of the manual receipt, this is one of the avenues we believe will help sort out some leakages that are associated with a manual receipt.
Okon said the state government would soon convene a tax summit to rub minds with its stakeholders, which is aimed at encouraging the people to pay their taxes according to their incomes.
As a state, we intend to ensure that we widen the tax net and also engage the informal sector to ensure that we derive the maximum opportunity that is available in this area.