A tax expert with the Department for International Development (DFID) has decried the use of consultants to collect tax by the federal, state and local governments. He labelled the trend as not only illegal but an outright aberration. Mr Mark Abuh said while the constitution allowed some non core functions of the government agencies responsible to be outsourced, tax and revenue collection were out rightly forbidden to be done by such people.
This act has led to the weakening and underdevelopment of officials in the governments' boards of internal revenue as they practically have nothing to do or learn from. The act is also a huge drain on the government as the consultants get paid between 10% to 50% of revenue collected as against the 5% stipulated by the constitution to be made use of by the agencies. This we think is economic sabotage that needs to be stopped by all tiers of government.
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