Nigerians might soon begin to show evidence of tax payment before obtaining their international passports, as part of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) target to increase individual taxpayer database.
Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Tunde Fowler made this known on Monday, at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board in Abuja.
Mr. Tunde Fowler is optimistic that a policy where Nigerians would have to show evidence of tax payment before getting any services from the immigration department such as international passports renewal, would be implemented in the near future.
The FIRS boss says these things are normal all over the world, and it is an effort to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better.
While advocating for Nigerians to stop seeing tax payments as burdens, he reiterated that one only pays tax on income and profits.
Mr. Fowler said it is only fair for anyone who resides in Nigeria and benefits from being a Nigerian resident, contributes to the system that makes him enjoy such standard of living.
The FIRS boss further disclosed that in its target to increase the individual taxpayer database by 10 million by December 31, the agency has been able to attain 30 per cent of the target by getting three million individual taxpayers across the nation.
Mr. Fowler hailed Kano State for leading the pack by increasing the database by 944,000 followed by Lagos with 306,000 then Kaduna and Plateau.
Chairman of the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Udochukwu Ogbonna, urged the revenue generating agencies to co-operate digitally to ensure success and curb corruption.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Oseni Elamah, urged the FIRS to have a digital one-stop-shop accessible to all partners.
In the meeting of some revenue generating agencies, all states internal revenue service chairmen, bosses of the Nigeria Customs Service, and the Nigeria Immigration Service were brought together to curtail loss, stop corruption and increase proceeds to government coffers in 2017.