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N115bn: Reps Probe MDAs For Alleged Non-remittance To FIRS

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By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja

With a view to determining the amount each Ministry, Department and Agencies owes and for how long the amount had been withheld, the House of Representatives Wednesday mandated its committees on finance and public accounts to investigate allegations that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government owe ₦115 billion tax liabilities and that some taxes collected by banks were not remitted to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

This decision follows the adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Jerome Amadi who said that with the receding economic recession in the nation, the need to increase government revenues through aggressive taxation drive, policies, remittances and accountability cannot be over emphasized as they constitute the veritable measures towards the country completely exiting recession.

Amadi acknowledged the low culture of individual and corporate organizations’ tax compliance, despite taxation being the means through which governments can earn extra revenues to bring about the much-desired development to the country, especially in the face of declining revenues from crude oil.

He observed that the recent allegation by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) that some MDAs are owing the federal government ₦115 Billion, which is such a serious issue that should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet, especially that those funds could have either been mismanaged or squandered by those agencies.

According to him, similar allegation by the then acting chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Kabir Mashi on September 3, 2017 at a forum in Abuja that the FIRS is losing huge revenues through MDAs that award contracts to companies without Tax Identification Number (TIN), pointing out that deductions made for Withholding Tax (WHT) or Value Added Tax (VAT) and remitted through banks are often not transferred to the FIRS should not be taken lightly.



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