Kwara Revenue Service Parleys EFCC to Curb Tax Evasion

May 18, 2021
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By Adedapo Adesanya

To tackle the menace of tax evasion in the state, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) has solicited the support of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman of KWIRS, Mrs Shade Omoniyi, when she led the management staff of the agency on a working visit to the new Zonal Head, Ilorin Office of the EFCC, Mr Usman Muktar.

Pointing out what the partnership would bring, she said, “we are here to seek your support in tackling the menace of tax evasion in the state.

“We need the support of relevant government agencies like EFCC to curb tax evasion in the public and private sectors within the state.”

The KWIRS boss decried the high rate of tax evasion within the state, noting that the government could not properly provide the needed infrastructure when citizens and corporate organisations refuse to pay tax.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with EFCC in the area of gathering intelligence about taxpayers and enforcement of relevant laws,” the KWIRS boss added.

In his remark, Mr Muktar expressed appreciation over the visit, promising that the commission was ever ready to lend support to any agency of government, including KWIRS in achieving its mandate.

He used the occasion to inform his guests of the ongoing process by the agency to have a Tax Fraud Desk created in the zone.

He said, “When created, the Tax Fraud Desk in conjunction with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) would greatly help in dealing with issues of corruption, tax evasion, illicit financial flows and money laundering within the state.”

The KWIRS boss was accompanied on the visit by Omolara Ojulari, Director Accounts & Finance; Olatunji Balogun, Director Administration & Operation; Shehu Abdullahi, Director Legal and Compliance and Titilayo Ogunwale, Head, Corporate Affairs.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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