By Philip Yatai

The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS), says its quarterly tax drive is boosting collection of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.

The Head, Corporate Communications of KADIRS, Mr Zakari Muhammad, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kaduna on Tuesday.

According to Muhammad, every quarter, Dr Zaid Abubakar, the Executive Chairman of the service, constitutes a Tax Drive Committee for each of the three senatorial districts, to be led by a senior management staff.

He said that the committees visited high profile taxpayers in their domains to interact, build relationships, and also address tax related challenges.

The KADIRS spokesman said the main objective of the visits was to commend the taxpayers for their voluntary compliance and further encourage them to keep complying, while addressing their challenges and concerns.

“This is in addition to the media engagement to sensitise and mobilise taxpayers to perform their civic duty of paying tax, and quarterly stakeholder engagement across the three senatorial zones to interact with taxpayers.”

He said that the tax drive was boosting revenue collection, improving the rate of voluntary compliance, and giving the taxpayers a sense of belonging in the state’s tax administration systems.

He said that the strategy worked in 2021 as the service generated N53 billion, surpassing the N51 billion IGR target.

“This is because, the Tax Drive committee ensured that the taxpayers payed their direct assessment, Pay as You Earn, withholding tax and other taxes right there on the spot,” Muhammad said.

NAN reports that the state government has over the years increased its IGR from N13 billion in 2015 to N53 billion in 2021.