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The Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Dr. Muritala Awodun, on Tuesday said that the people of the state are now conscious and following-up with government’s programmes and actions.

This, he noted was as a result of the tax they pay thereby engaging the state government in its statutory responsibilities, ROYAL NEWS has gathered.

Awodun who disclosed this at a press briefing held in Ilorin noted that “there had been a drastic improvement in payment of tax by people of the state since the agency came on board in 2015. This made poeple’s monitoring of government’s programmes to be more critical.”

The KWIRS boss who said the agency had been able to improve revenue from tax from about N5b it used to be  before 2015 to about N19b in 2017 restated that the revenue proposed to collect this year as indicated in the state budget is N38b

According to the KWIRS boss, “More people are paying the Personal Income Tax of 1,500 per annum by those in the informal sector and N12,000 per annum by those in the formal sector.”

He also described the tax as the least in the country said as moderate as it is it makes the people to ask questions about how government manages the state resources.

The KWIRS boss however maintained that “the agency, in performing its task, had been acting as an intermediary between the people and the government.

“We ensure that people perform their obligation of paying tax and on the other hand encourage the government to ensure the people feel impact of the revenue generated from them.

“The improved internally generated revenue of the state  had enabled the government to embark on infrastructural projects as the money was devoted for the projects while it has also enabled the government to substantially devote federal allocation to payment of salary of workers.”

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