Tax reliefs in states should remain till 2021 - NGF

NGF has stated that issuing of tax by states should remain till 2021
Ernest Sunday

The Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) has stated that the tax imposed by states on individuals, business and companies should remain till next year to help reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision on the tax issue was taken during the 16th teleconference meeting held by governors on Wednesday.

A statement released by NGF through its chairman Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State read: "All state governments, through their internal revenue services, will ensure seamless implementation of the tax relief programmes for businesses and other taxpayers.

“These programmes which were released in some states since March 2020 were designed to reduce the financial burden of taxpayers in the country up till 2021 in some cases.”

Earlier before, states were ordered by the Federal Government to stop issuing taxes to companies in their communities and were warned that any state found wanting will be forced to reduce its annual state project by Federal authorities, but it will no longer hold due to the recent development.

In the meeting, the Forum also pledged to help the Federal Government in the exercise of reducing the spread of COVID-19 through blocking different states' risk activities which will improve the spread of the virus and also in making sure community testing are carried out in each state.

“The NGF resolved to provide leadership to the COVID-19 response in their respective states by ramping up risk communication activities and community testing.”

Governors were also urged to be observant to ensure that the structures and equipment put in place for routine polio immunisation are not tampered with by the activities of COVID-19 pandemic.

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