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13 November 2019

Representative committee asks FIRS to return 4.6bn to FCT

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account has asked the Federal Inland Revenue Service,FIRS to return 4.6 billion Naira which represents two per cent of total tax collected in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to the FCT Inland Revenue Service,FCT-IRS.

The chairman of the committee, Wole Oke, who gave the ruling at a public hearing in Abuja said it was wrong for the FIRS to take part of the money belonging to the FCT-IRS under any guise.

According to Oke, by the establishment and commencement of operations by the FCT-IRS, they were entitled to collect five per cent of total tax collection in the territory.

Earlier, the Chairman, FIRS, Tunde Fowler, said FIRS took two per cent of total tax collected to cover for the cost services rendered to the FCT-IRS.

He said that One hundred and seventy FRIS members of staff were on secondment to FCT-IRS and that their salaries and other benefits were being paid by the FIRS.

Fowler said that the FIRS also gave logistics support to the FCT-IRS and that it washousing the agency too.

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