Anambra State government has commenced disbursement of 10percent tax deductions to business owners in the state.
Chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service AiRS, Dr David Nzekwu who announced this at a stakeholders meeting on COVID-19 palliatives for Traders and Business Owners in the state, said the deduction was from the last year taxes paid by the traders.
He said the package which would be remitted online was in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Willie Obiano as part of measures to cushion the effects of the pandemic.
He said, “In order to ensure businesses are taken care of, the governor announced some stimulus package that touched the poorest of the poor, including traders, business owners and the elderly.
“At the wake of the pandemic, the governor announced tax relief package for traders and business owners and extension of various assistance to the elderly and most vulnerable.
“Most important of the packages is the 10percent tax relief to be given to every trader and business owners in the state. We’ve been working on a system that will make it seamless for them to claim the stimulus package.
“Today, we’ve called all the various associations in the state to put them through on the various steps to take how they could access those claims.
“We’re aware of the challenges in tax collections because it involves asking people to pay money. But we’ve gone ahead to simplify and streamline the process.
“Presently, we’ve enabled online filling of tax returns on our website. Besides, the moment one complete transaction with the state, we issue them digital receipts including tax clearance certificate.
“We continue to explore other areas to ensure payment of taxes is made easier for all.
“We’ve launched community revenue officers who would be deploying to every community in the state who are familiar with the people who they can reach when they have challenges.”
Commissioner, Trade and Commerce, Uche Okafor, appreciated the challenge in tax payment, especially with the present economic challenges, but noted that the payment was much easier when the dividends were obvious.
“We all remember how armed robbers waylay traders and collect their money. But those are now history with the high level of security made possible by the Obiano-led administration. That’s one of the magics of tax payment,” he added.
One of the beneficiaries, Hope Okoye, commended the state government for the gesture, but regretted the extortions they face in the hands of numerous illegal revenue collectors, calling on government to check the trend.