Only 8.5m Individuals, 4.4m Enterprises Pay Taxes Regularly – FIRS Boss

Data from the 36 States Internal Revenue Service (SIRS) as at November 2016 shows that 13,034,222 million individuals and enterprises pay taxes regularly.

The executive chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB), Tunde Fowler, made this disclosure in Abuja yesterday.

He said Lagos State tops the list with 4,088,128 million taxpayers, while Gombe State, the lowest, has 33,000. Breakdown of the data reveals that 8,550,643 million individuals pay taxes as well as 4,483,579 million enterprises.

The FIRS boss gave the details in a presentation entitled: ‘An Appraisal of Collaboration between the Federal Inland Revenue Service and States Internal Revenue Service to the 136th Meeting of the Joint Tax Board’.

Fowler said the 135th meeting of the Board in Abeokuta had agreed to increase the number of taxpayers from the current figure to 20 million in the shortest possible time.

The JTB at the federal level is made up of the FIRS, the Nigerian Customs Service, the Federal Capital Territory Inland Revenue Service, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, and the Nigerian Immigration Service.