FIRS targets N4.5tr revenue in 2016, says Fowler

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is targeting a revenue profile of N4.5tr  in 2016 to raise the country’s cash reserve,  Acting Executive Chairman Babatunde William Fowler, told Senators yesterday.

He spoke during his screening for confirmation on the substantive tax matter. Fowler noted that the revenue from the country’s Value Added Tax (VAT) would be increased from N500m to N2.5trillion in 2016.

He also said the proposed N8 trillion budget for 2016 is realisable, saying: “The Vice President was not aware of this projection before disclosing the proposed N8tr budget but the budget is possible.”

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He added: “If oil can generate N1trillion, Customs and FIRS can generate N4.5tr, so the budget of N8tr is quite double.

“Our projection of N4.5trillion does not include an increase in VAT. This is because we are of the view that tax should be fair.”

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