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‘No harm in introducing Communication tax, Nigerians talk a lot on the phone’ – FIRS Chairman, Babatunde Fowler




Babatunde Fowler, chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said there is no harm in introducing Communication tax as Nigerians talk a lot on the phone.
Speaking to TheCable on Monday October 7, the FIRS Chairman said Nigerians talk more than is required so for them to have the capacity or revenue to talk that much, there is no harm in giving a cut out of it to the government.
“I will put it this way, Nigerians talk a lot on the phone; they even talk more than is required so for them to have capacity or revenue to talk that much, I don’t see any harm in paying a little bit more to government,” he said.
“We compare ourselves to developing countries but Ghana introduced a 2% education tax and used it to fund their universities and that is why Nigerians are now going to university in Ghana. They didn’t look for aid, they did it by themselves.
While lawmakers are pushing for a 9% charge for using telecommunication services in place of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) proposed 2.2% increase in value-added tax, Babatunde Fowler also explained how the increased VAT will be taken from Nigerians.
“All we are saying is that those who use online facilities, we will give instructions to the banks that once they make the payment, they will just charge 5% VAT and remit it as an agent to FIRS.
“By the VAT Act, the minister has the right to change the rate but this government, I believe wants to carry every stakeholder along including those in the house and explain to them that this increase is for the benefit of all Nigerians. And it will only apply to what I call privileged items like buying a car or lunch in an expensive restaurant. The money will help the state look after the needy among us” he said.


''Y is it that, this current government is all about taking and not giving back. U compare Nigeria to other countries but u never compare the leaders to other leaders. Do something meaningful before u introduce any stupid bill that makes the politicians richer and the masses poorer. So far so good have not seen any tangible change in the economy for years now, so the masses should pay so that education will be free, or good roads will be available or good drinking water will be available or stable electricity. What about the taxes u deduct from our salaries, what have u done with them? They use it in enriching the so called no idea leaders... Thieves in agbada, do something meaningful for us before u demand anything from us. Pass bills that will regulate housing rate, prices for goods and services, then come back let's talk more on how to stabilize the economy ''.