We Will Start Charging Nigerians VAT On Passports – FIRS

The Executive Chairman of the the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Tunde Fowler on Monday said Nigerians will now pay Value Added Tax (VAT) before obtaining their passports.

Fowler made the statement at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board in Abuja.

He also said those who wants to renew their passports or want a new one will have to provide evidence of tax payment.

He said, “We did take a position and I believe it would be implemented in the very near future that before you get any services from the immigration department: renewal of passports etc, you’d have to show that you are a tax payer.

“These things are normal all over the world, In an effort to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better.

“People believe that payment of tax is a burden and I’ll repeat that you only pay tax on income and profits.

“So if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living.’’

When further probed, he said ‎”every good and service except from items that are not VATABLE has to be charged VAT.

”What I can tell you is that as we move forward, as you obtain services from government they will ask you to show evidence of tax payment”.

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  • comrade segun

    This govt self dey look for money by all means

  • Kenny D Osonwa

    This government get serious wahala. ..will this help, or is it another means of corruption, because na person go collect this money, will he or she give account? God help our dear Country Nigeria.

  • chika bibian

    So not fair our government is out to extort us by all means…

  • Mohammad Isah

    That’s their business, I no wan know

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Tax payers re not even enjoying d money,smh

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    So how re we benefiting from being residents in nigeria, infact make God take control

  • Olovo Obinna

    Tax……they are using all means to suck nigerians dry n inflict more pains on nigerians

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Means of revenue generation keeps sprouting up from several angles…..
    Just hope that the taxes collected from the citizens are used judiciously

  • Hmmmm tax money wey person no dey see end result

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      That is because naija na corrupt nation, in naija we have diversion of tax money for personal use.

  • badmos

    Nigerians are ready to pay tax but when we hav no confidence in d so called govt, dat is where d issue lies.

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