In order to raise awareness concerning tax and to increase the numbers of tax payers, the Federal Government has said it will recruit 7,500 graduates as community tax liaison officers. This information was made known to the public at a Press Conference by Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in company with Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. BabaTunde Fowler.
While speaking Mrs. Kemi said;
“We will be recruiting them through N-Power and they can apply through the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance or through the N-Power website.
“It’s a two year fixed contract and they will be deployed to states, attached to state Internal Revenue Service or FIRS.
“Their job is to improve the level of education on the Nigeria’s tax system.
“Our tax system is progressive, meaning those who earn less should pay less and those who earn more should pay more.
“A lot of people don’t know that. So, it’s a chance to get people on ground to answer all these pertinent questions,” she said.
“This exercise is extremely important for the fiscal sustainability of states because, as you know, most of the revenue for states, apart from FAAC, is supposed to come from tax.
“So, if we improve the number of tax-payers, we will be improving the fiscal health of our state governments as well as the federal government.
“It’s an important initiative for the nation as we undertake reforms to reduce our over dependence on oil.
“We have to make sure that everyone who is economically active pays tax, no matter how little, they have to contribute to the pool,” she said.
Concerning their basic pay, Mrs. Adeosun said the recruits would be paid N30, 000 monthly and they stand to receive performance-based incentives measured by the number of people they enroll during the two year period.