November 28, 2022

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Subsidy: Our position solely on tax enforcement, assortment, not funds use – FIRS


The Federal Inland Income Service (FIRS) has defined that its statutory position was purely the gathering of income for presidency and never conserving information of how the monies have been spent.

This was in response to queries by the Particular Adhoc Committee of the Home of Representatives on Petroleum Subsidy Regime, mandated to research petroleum merchandise subsidy in Nigeria from 2013.

Making presentation throughout the resumed sitting, of the committee on Thursday, Government Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Nami, who was represented by the Coordinating Director, Compliance Help Group, Dr. Dick Irri, famous that the position of the Service was confined to the evaluation of taxpayers, assortment of taxes, accounting for and enforcement of taxes that have been as a result of authorities of the Federation. 

“The Service’s statutory features stays that of evaluation, assortment, accounting, and enforcement of cost of taxes which can be as a result of Authorities of the Federation and any of its businesses;” he defined, including that “taxes collected by the FIRS are often shared amongst the three tiers of the federal government in keeping with the structure of the nation”.

He mentioned, “FIRS doesn’t preserve information of what the funds are used for by the three tiers of presidency. The Service additionally doesn’t have the ability to ask for such information”.

He due to this fact submitted that the request by the Committee for info on Subsidy funds and releases weren’t tax associated, and thus weren’t throughout the statutory powers of the Service to reply to.

“All of the tax associated info requested in your letter dated 1st July, 2022 has been duly submitted,” he mentioned.

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The Committee chaired by Hon. Almustapha Aliyu, had written to the FIRS requesting info on Subsidy Cost releases from the Consolidated Income Account, Subsidy claims, lodgment of FOREX into the Consolidated Income Account by the NNPC, amongst others.