Benue Internal Revenue Service says the board will begin to collect taxes from telephone users, cable subscribers and land owners from January 2023. Its Executive Chairman, Mrs Mimi Adze Orubibi, said this on Wednesday during the Joint State Revenue Committee meeting in Makurdi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was among the management of BIRS, 23 council chairmen, chairmen of local government revenue committee, Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, Federal Road Safety Corps and Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. Adzape-Orubibi said that JSRC would follow the 2022 BIRS Amended Act that harmonised the revenue items to end multiple taxation in the state. She said that with the amendment, tenement rate, property tax and grounds rate would now be known as Land Use Charge. She said that all collections for the telephone users and cable subscribers would be deducted at source and they may not even know.
She further explained that telephone users would pay the sum of N1,200 per annum, cable subscribers; N2, 400 per annum while land owners taxes would be determined by the size and property on it. The tax boss further explained that the board had already distributed Land Use charge demand notices to all land owners and send reminders accordingly to them. She said that the local government areas would benefit 40 per cent of each harmonised revenue item, adding that “the aim is to end arbitrary collections of taxes and multiple taxation in the state’’. She listed the harmonised taxes to include signage and advertisement, Land Use Charge, Radio and Television fee, Single Inter-State Road Taxes stickers fee, single Haulage fee for loading and single Haulage fee for discharging of goods, single parking permits sticker fee and Wharf Landing charges where applicable.
She further noted that the board was going to install security cameras at all the 16 approved revenue checkpoints for improved supervision and security of staff. Speaking at the meeting, Mr Kennet Achabo, Special Adviser, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said that the automation and harmonisation would help the council chairmen know their exact revenue.