By BASHIR LADAN, Gombe
The Gombe State Internal Revenue Service (GIRS) has outlined a series of tax concession and palliatives for taxpayers in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to shut down of both government and private businesses and disrupted supply chain.
The measure is designed to cushion the effects of the pandemic, relieve taxpayers of the burden of tax compliance at this trying moment.
The Administrator, Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, GIRS, Malam Abubakar Inuwa Tata announced the tax concessions and palliatives as extension of time for filing of annual returns by individuals from March 31, 2020 to August 31, 2020, extending the due date for filing of annual returns by companies to August 31, 2020 as against earlier deadline of January 31, 2020.
Other tax concessions and palliatives include waiving the penalty of N50, 000.00 for individuals and N500,000.00 for corporate organisation for non-filing of annual returns, waiving all penalties and interests for outstanding liabilities on back-duty audit for individuals and enterprises in the State, particularly the micro, small and medium scale (MSMEs)enterprises affected by the pandemic, and waiving interest on all outstanding liabilities for limited liability companies operating in the State.
Taxpayers will be allowed to file returns using unaudited accounts but must subsequently submit their audited accounts within two months after the revised due date for filing, even as the government waived interest element on back-duty liabilities for Mast/Towers levies of Telecommunication companies, Radio stations and commercial banks.
Registration and renewal of vehicle particulars have also been slashed by 5% and 10% respectively from the original cost to enable all road users comply with road traffic regulations, while a 40% waiver on back-duty withholding taxes for rent on institutional estates, private estates, individuals rented properties, shops and apartments, WHT on contracts, Director’s and consultancy fees, etc has been granted.
The government then waived 50% on Capital Gain Tax assessed on sale of properties.
The palliatives/tax relief are available to taxpayers who wish to settle their outstanding tax liabilities on or before the 31st of October, 2020. However, the government explained that the relief does not include back duty on PAYE.
The GIRS administrator expressed hope that all residents and business entities operating in the state can take advantage of the palliatives and reciprocate Government’s gesture by promptly discharging their civic responsibilities of paying taxes and levies due to the State Government.