FG Begin Crackdown On People Who Fly Business Class and Do Not Pay Tax Anywhere

Date: 24-04-2017 8:06 am (4 years ago) | Author: success Xenab
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A major crackdown on tax evaders is on the way, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said yesterday.

They will be named and shamed – in a desperate move to improve the tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio and expose evaders.

The minister, who spoke at the end of the 2017 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, said Nigeria has the worst tax to GDP of six per cent in the world, as only 13 million people pay their taxes.

She spoke of collaboration with the British Government to ensure that Nigerians who own properties in the UK pay taxes in Nigeria. She said that many of the people who fly business class, and own houses in the UK will have to be watch listed. “If you buy business class ticket, we will probably be looking at, is this person a tax payer anywhere?”

“At every data point of government, we will be picking up information that will be used to compare people to pay taxes. There is going to be much better collaboration from the international community,” she said.

According to her, a lot of money has left Nigeria, and there is UK focus on sharing the data. “So, under the Beneficiary Owners Register, which has been signed, with the David Cameron administration, the UK is going to give us the list of everybody that owns properties in the UK, once it is owned by a Nigerian. That will enable us to say: ‘Is this person who owns four or five properties in the UK, how much tax are you paying in Nigeria?’

“So, it is going to be a very systematic process, using a lot of data and moral-suasion on the people, telling them that this is the time to do the right thing because that is the only way the country can move forward.”

She said: “When we travel, and we say, look at their roads, look at their airports, they have a very good tax system. Nigeria has one of the worst tax to GDP ratios in the world. We have to find ways to make our tax collection much more effective. Once we have spent time on data, we will encourage people to pay taxes, and from there, we’ll move to naming and shaming tax evaders.

“We only have about 13 million tax payers in Nigeria at the moment and about 12.5 million of them are Pay As You Earn (PAYE). So, all the wealthy and self-employed that pay taxes are only 500,000. People are going to be invited, and it is really the wealthy and rich that will be invited. We want to be much more aggressive on tax payment, not because we want to witch-hunt anyone, but because we have to, because it is the job of government to ensure revenue redistribution from the high and low.”

“So, people have to contribute their fair share. Those, who for years have been able to get away with evading tax should know that the game is over. It is time to do the right thing,” she said.

Mrs Adeosun said there were no plans to introduce new taxes, but implementation of tax laws will get attention.

The minister said the government had been gathering data. “That is why you hear that about over 800,000 companies have been put into the tax net. How was that done? We simply went to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to know the number of registered companies and then check their tax records. A report recently went out from the Accountant-General’s Office, and anybody who has payment to collect must have up-to-date tax status. So, everything we are doing is driving people into the tax net,” she said.

Mrs Adeosun said Nigeria has six per cent tax to GDP ratio where as Ghana and South Africa have 15 per cent, 30 per cent.

On the recovered loot, the minister said the funds were being put in a collection account, and will be used to fund part of the budget.

Mrs Adeosun said all agencies of government must now give monthly reports on how much they have recovered and that the funds are being kept for key projects.


Posted: at 24-04-2017 08:06 AM (4 years ago) | Hero
- dynasty4all at 24-04-2017 08:18 AM (4 years ago)
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CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME ONE OR TWO GOOD REASONS WHY ONE SHOULD PAY TAX IN NIGERIA?IS
THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS FREE IN THAT COUNTRY OF YOURS.
 YOU WANT US TO PAY TAX SO THAT YOU GUYS WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE BIG?
ADEOSUN OR WHATEVER, GIVE GOOD REASONS I SHOULD PAY TAX.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FINANCE IF NOT THAT YOUR SUGAR DADDY BABA IYABO IMPOSED YOU ON BUHARI?
Posted: at 24-04-2017 08:18 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kaposky at 24-04-2017 08:39 AM (4 years ago)
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USELESS SET OF FED GOVT
Posted: at 24-04-2017 08:39 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Larry28 at 24-04-2017 09:07 AM (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes
Posted: at 24-04-2017 09:07 AM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- Zaki68 at 24-04-2017 09:35 AM (4 years ago)
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Quote from: dynasty4all on 24-04-2017 08:18 AM
CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME ONE OR TWO GOOD REASONS WHY ONE SHOULD PAY TAX IN NIGERIA?IS
THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS FREE IN THAT COUNTRY OF YOURS.
 YOU WANT US TO PAY TAX SO THAT YOU GUYS WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE BIG?
ADEOSUN OR WHATEVER, GIVE GOOD REASONS I SHOULD PAY TAX.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FINANCE IF NOT THAT YOUR SUGAR DADDY BABA IYABO IMPOSED YOU ON BUHARI?
YOU ALWAYS COME HERE TO SHOW YOUR ILLITERACY, YOU ARE LIVING ROTTERDAM YOU DON,T PAY TAX ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU ARE ILLEGAL SO YOU DONT KNOW NOTHING,THAT NEW CENTRAL STATION WE HAVE BEEN PAYING THE TAX SINCE 20 YEARS AGO BEFORE THEY STARTED BUILDING IT, AS SOON AS YOU HAVE A HOUSE IN ROTTERDAM YOU PAY IT, ITS CALLED GEMEENTE BELASTING, YOU ARE IN EUROPE GROW UP MAN.
Posted: at 24-04-2017 09:35 AM (4 years ago) | Upcoming
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- tuscanT at 24-04-2017 09:45 AM (4 years ago)
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Quote from: dynasty4all on 24-04-2017 08:18 AM
CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME ONE OR TWO GOOD REASONS WHY ONE SHOULD PAY TAX IN NIGERIA?IS
THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS FREE IN THAT COUNTRY OF YOURS.
 YOU WANT US TO PAY TAX SO THAT YOU GUYS WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE BIG?
ADEOSUN OR WHATEVER, GIVE GOOD REASONS I SHOULD PAY TAX.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FINANCE IF NOT THAT YOUR SUGAR DADDY BABA IYABO IMPOSED YOU ON BUHARI?
I will give you two reason to pay tax of you can name any of the developed country  that does not pay tax. And secondly noting is free in abroad stop deceiving your self.  I  can tell you nothing is free ok one example  in UK you pay road Tax, to drive to central London it cost £11.a day, every parking space cost you not less than £1.50   an hour to park ur car in front of your house it cost you money . NIGERIA SHOULD EMBRACE TAX SYSTEM IN AM EFFECTIVE WAY. PAYING TAX GIVE YOU RIGHT TO QUESTION THE FG . your need to start thinking
Posted: at 24-04-2017 09:45 AM (4 years ago) | Upcoming
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- blowout at 24-04-2017 12:04 PM (4 years ago)
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so if I have a house in UK I will now pay property tax in Nigeria
Posted: at 24-04-2017 12:04 PM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dareper at 24-04-2017 12:14 PM (4 years ago)
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na today we don dey pay tax. abegi!!!
Posted: at 24-04-2017 12:14 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- jjiofor at 24-04-2017 12:54 PM (4 years ago)
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"The minister, who spoke at the end of the 2017 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, said Nigeria has the worst tax to GDP of six per cent in the world, as only 13 million people pay their taxes".

Nigeria is also the most useless country in the world in terms of welfare or care for their citizens, common light and simple infrastructure we no see, you only want to collect, what about giving back?
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- jjiofor at 24-04-2017 12:57 PM (4 years ago)
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Nigeria is also the most useless country in the world in terms of welfare or care for their citizens, common light and simple infrastructure we no see, you only want to collect, what about giving back?
Posted: at 24-04-2017 12:57 PM (4 years ago) | Upcoming
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- theonice at 24-04-2017 02:00 PM (4 years ago)
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thank you so much for this your statement, that is what i wanted to hear from all the comments so far, comom electricity, good health care system, good roads and care of the citizens our Government nor fit provide even from our rich oil resources, they go dey embezzled the money they enrich themselves, now they want us to pay tax , make them start embezzling the tax money again.
Even in the tax office like the federal inland reveniue services in Abuja and other state in Nigeria, there are alot of corruption in the tax offices.
My younger cousin works in the FIRS in Abuja, she told me alot of corruption goes on there with the tax payers money.
This country is sick and need re-branding.

Posted: at 24-04-2017 02:00 PM (4 years ago) | Newbie
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- morgan1 at 24-04-2017 03:47 PM (4 years ago)
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This Govt is confused,,,,,
Posted: at 24-04-2017 03:47 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- osarobo62 at 24-04-2017 06:00 PM (4 years ago)
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Quote from: blowout on 24-04-2017 12:04 PM
so if I have a house in UK I will now pay property tax in Nigeria
that will be unfair.
Posted: at 24-04-2017 06:00 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- schmit at 24-04-2017 09:44 PM (4 years ago)
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Dis government
Posted: at 24-04-2017 09:44 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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