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Anambra to refund 10% of paid tax to traders, business owners



AS part of measures to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic in Anambra State and encourage private and business owners as well boost the state’s economy, the State Government has announced a 10 per cent refund of paid 2019 tax to all traders and business owners in the state.

  The chairman/ Chief Executive, Anambra Internal Revenue Service (AIRS), David Nzekwu disclosed this at the Stakeholders’ Engagement on Payment of the COVID-19 Stimulus Package to traders and business owners in Anambra State held at the Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka.

  Dr. Nzekwu, describing 2020 as the most challenging years in recent times, said the COVID-19 pandemic changed the dynamic of the economy affecting every strata of society. The running of every people oriented government he said is made possible by tax money.

   “As people were about to settle down in their businesses, the pandemic challenge came. The lockdown forced us to stay at home; it was a challenging moment. When you make such policies it makes an impact on people. The challenge was how to work out a palliative structure that will affect as many as possible within the resources that are available to the state. The government is here to serve everybody.”

  The AIRS boss said the state government having extended levy waivers to commercial tricycle operators and other commercial transporters, beside palliatives extended to the elderly people and others in the state, Gov. Obiano thought it wise to accommodate traders and business owners in the state.

  “But the most strategic people in the state are those that owe businesses. We also need to accommodate them since markets and businesses across the state were closed. Gov Obiano thought it wise to approve a refund of 10 per cent of paid tax in 2019 to every trader and business owner to support them in their business.”

  Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adunuba, lauded the state government initiative on the package stimulus and encouraged every ndi Anambra to pay their tax.

  “Every Christian knows that Jesus paid tax. Jesus’s example show that it is a sin not to pay tax. Your tax money is used judiciously by the state government. Before the Obiano administration the state IGR was not more than 500 million naira but last year the state generated 26 billion naira in IGR,” he said.

  His Commissioner for Trade and Commerce counterpart,  Uche Okafor  commended the AIRS boss’ effort to growing the state IGR base.

  “We knew what the pandemic caused, its effect on the revenue drive of the country regarding the federal allocations to states. If not for internally generated revenue of the state by AIRS the story would have been gloomy for the state. The ministry will give your agency all the necessary assistance you need.”

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