The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) has advised companies, business owners and employees in the state to file their 2019 tax returns or face prosecution.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Zaid Abubakar, gave the advice in an interview reporters in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria on Thursday:
“All self-employed and employers of labour are required to prepare their 2019 Annual Tax Returns and submit to KDIRS copies of income tax returns and evidence of tax Payment.
“Taxable individuals, professionals, lawyers, doctors, architects, consultants, contractors, traders, businessmen and women are required to file their returns by March 31.
“This is in accordance with Section 41(1 & 3) of the Personal Income Tax Act (PIT) 2011 as amended and Section 26 (1) of the Kaduna State Codification and Consolidation Law 2016.”
He also said that all employers of labour should equally file their return on emoluments paid to their employees not later than January 31 as stipulated in Section 81 (2) of PIT Act 2011.
He added that the employers of labour were expected to submit to the agency: employer’s annual return; expatriate quota; immigration returns for expatriate; and salary structure of employers in prescribed format.
The Executive Chairman equally said that withholding tax on services rendered by individuals, partnership or enterprises were to be deducted and remitted to the agency:
“This should be done within 30 days after deductions in accordance with PIT regulation of 1997.”
According to him, all taxpayers that fail to file their 2019 annual returns on or before due date will leave KDIRS with no option than to rely on relevant section of the tax laws for prosecution.
Amaka E. Nliam