The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) said it has uncovered more than N115 billion tax liabilities established against Federal and States’ Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and local government councils.
Head, Public Relations, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, who said this in a statement yesterday in Abuja noted that the discovery was made following tax liabilities’ recovery exercise carried out by the commission.
He said RMAFC was able to establish the said amount as tax liabilities in the first phase of the exercise covering the period between 2005 and 2015 across 30 states of the federation.
Mohammed said Adamawa, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Katsina and Kebbi states were excluded from the exercise because they had no tax liabilities.
“At the end of the exercise, which is 90 per cent completed, an additional sum of N40 billion is expected to be realised. All the states, local government councils and other agencies so far covered, have pleaded for waiver of penalty and interest totalling N24 billion comprising N9.7 billion as penalty and N14.2 billion as interest respectively.’’
He said in the course of the exercise, it was discovered that some Federal Government agencies domiciled in the states were not remitting Pay As You Earn (PAYE), to the state governments thus depleting their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base.
The RMAFC spokeman however, called on the Federal Government to reimburse some of the state governments that executed Federal Government projects in their states to enhance their revenue profile. “States like Bauchi, Cross River, Edo, Enugu and Rivers that are yet to participate in the exercise should do so in the spirit of equity and fair play since they enjoy the proceeds of tax remitted by their counterparts.’’