By Modupe Gbadeyanka As part of efforts in tackling the problem of multiple taxation in the country, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has commenced harmonising taxes. Already, the tax agency has reached out to the 36 states of the federation including Abuja, the nation\u2019s seat of power. The issue of collection of multiple taxes by government, especially states, has been a major worry for business owners in the country. Speaking on Friday at a roundtable organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, Executive Chairman of FIRS, Mr Babatunde Fowler, said the agency was already working on solving the problem. According to him, when this is done, tax payers would know what to pay. Mr Fowler said many states hide under FIRS to tax citizens, but said very soon, government would come up with policies on harmonised taxation. \u201cSome of the taxes Nigerians complain of as being imposed on them, especially on the market women, are done by states, not FIRS, Mr Fowler disclosed. The nation\u2019s chief tax collector, represented at the event by the Senior Manager on Investigation at FIRS, Ms Clara Nnachi, stated further that, \u201cThe Joint Tax Board as a body is working together with the FIRS to harmonise tax collection from small businesses all over Nigeria.\u201d \u201cWe have the National Tax Implementation Committee working on the National Tax Policy to harmonies the taxes that are being paid in different states. \u201cIt is going to address the issue of multiple taxation,\u201d he added. On his part, Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Mr Abdullah Candido, said the council was also working to curb multiple taxation in the FCT. Also, President of National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Mrs Ruth Agbo, said women as traders and farmers were part of the labour force contributing to economic growth. \u201cMost of the women in the informal sector do not have shops. \u201cThey are forced to trade outside but they are still taxed by different tax collectors. \u201cThe taxes are many; sometimes, the women cannot complain because of ignorance. \u201cMany of them live on daily proceeds and because they want to survive, they are compelled to pay multiple taxes,\u201d she said.