Pay your taxes for Abuja to be like Dubai, FCT-IRS tells residents


 The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has urged all taxpayers in the nation’s capital to file their annual tax returns, saying that’s the only way to make the city like Dubai or Singapore.

Dubai is a leading tourist destination in the world.

While speaking with NAN in Abuja on Sunday, Abdullahi Attah, Executive Chairman of the service, said, “Abuja is a big city, very modest city and expensive to maintain, the only way we can continue to keep Abuja of our dream is through taxation, so that we can be like Singapore and Dubai of this world.”

He gave March 31 as deadline for all taxpayers in the city to file their annual tax returns.

Attah said the law requires every taxable individual to file a tax return within 90 days after the end of the financial year.

“We have concluded arrangement to send Short Message Service (SMS) to all  taxpayers in our data base asking them to file their annual tax return.

“I am appealing to all residents of Abuja that are taxable to do their civic responsibility and I am happy to state that  at highest level, very senior officials of government have started filing ahead of March 31 deadline,” he said.

He said the agency would continue to sensitise the citizens of the territory on the importance of paying tax, describing taxation as the most effective way to guarantee rapid development.

Attah, however, reiterated his determination and commitment with his management team to continue to improve the revenue generation in the territory. (NAN)