The Federal Inland Revenue Service on Friday said it generated N4.3tn as tax revenue between January and October this year.

The Executive Chairman, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, disclosed this during the “Federal Inland Revenue Service Special Day” at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Fowler,  who was represented by the FIRS South-West Head, Federal Engagement and Enlightenment Tax Team, Mrs Angel Fadahunsi, as expressing optimism that the service would meet up with its 2018 revenue target before the end of the year.

“I am pleased to inform you today that the FIRS has recorded remarkable performance in terms of revenue collection this year.

“For instance, as of October 31st, our collection was N4.3tn and we believe we have the potential to meet our assigned target at the end of the year.

“We realised that this performance would not have been possible but for the present administration’s policy of expanding the nation’s tax base and blocking revenue leakages,” he said.

Fowler said that the agency focused its attention on businesses with over a billion naira in annual turnover without any record of commensurate payment of tax obligations to boost its revenue performance.

He noted that about 6,000 of such companies had been identified and contacted by the service leveraging various data sources.

He said, “We will continue to focus on recovering all such revenues due to the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria.

“We encourage the business community and all well-meaning citizens to continue to partner with us to ensure that defaulters are traced and face the consequences while compliant businesses receive all the support they require.”

Fowler said the agency was working assiduously to ensure that it aligned with all efforts to grow national revenue from taxation while easing the inherent administrative burden.

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