The Ogun State Internal Revenue Service, OGIRS, has solicited the details of expatriates who reside in the state from the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, to enable it monitor their tax compliance level.
The Executive Chairman of OGIRS, Mr. Anthony Olaleye, made the request during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller of Immigration, Ogun State Command, Gabriel Osisanya, at his office in Abeokuta.
Olaleye said that there was a need for both agencies to share positive information that would benefit the state and the country, towards improving revenue generation to drive developmental programmes of the present administration.
Pointing out that one of the ways to boost the state internal generated revenue, IGR, is for the two agencies to collaborate, share database and information, especially details of expatriates in the country, where they reside, the value they are adding to the economy, and how much they take away from the country, Olaleye said, “No legal expatriate can work in this country without passing through the Nigerian Immigration Service. We need information on this from your database to drive our revenue-generating processes and we are also ready to give you information from our database that can help you know whether these expatriates are illegal immigrants in the country.”
He reiterated the mandate of OGIRS to ensure voluntary payment of taxes by all taxable resident adults in a transparent and customer-oriented manner that is premised on integrity.
In his response, the Comptroller, NIS, Kunle Osisanya, noted the importance of the revenue-generating agency to the economy of the State, saying taxpayers’ money plays a vital role in developing the economy at federal, state and local government levels.
Pledging the readiness of his agency to support OGIRS’ drive to increase IGR, Osisanya pointed out that such support would not only enable the agency to achieve its mandate, but also benefit the Nigeria Immigration Service and the country as a whole.
He said, “It is with taxpayers’ money that our salaries are paid. Our support is in the interest of everyone at the state and federal leves.”