RIRS Stops Transport Unions From Collecting Levies Taxes

The Rivers State Internal Revenue Services (RIRS) will from Monday, December 21, stop all transport Unions in the State from collecting any form of levies and taxes on behalf of the state government.

Chairman of RIRS, Mr. Agoge Norte disclosed this on Tuesday after a meeting with representatives of transport unions and other stakeholders in the sector in Port Harcourt.

The RIRS boss stated that the authority will take direct responsibility for collecting revenues due to the state government, noting that the government will no longer allow the unions to carry on the collection of taxes for the state as well as collecting union dues from its members.

Norte expressed dismay at the activities of the various unions that collect revenue on behalf of the state government but were do not promptly remit same into the coffers of the state, adding that the tax authorities will no longer condone a situation where people intimidate and harass union members and the public in the name of collecting all manner of taxes and levies.

Norte also said the RIRS will soon come up with a harmonized rate of taxes which will be paid by the union members throughout the state, explaining that the collection of the approved taxes will only take place at designated motor parks and bus stops over a specified period.

Also speaking, chairman of the Rivers State Task Force on illegal motor parks and street trading, Hon. Bright Amaewhule said the task force will assist the revenue authority to enforce the implementation of the policy, emphasizing that it will henceforth arrest any member of the transport union found collecting unauthorized taxes and levies in the state. 

Representatives of the union at the meeting include Comrade Glory Sunday of the Drivers Cooperative Association, Chairman, Nigerian Lorry Drivers Association, Comrade John Chukwu and Lekia Isaiah representing the Rivers State Drivers Association.

They expressed support at the plans of the RIRS, stating that it will reduce the incidences of double taxation in the State.

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