By Emmanuel Nnaji, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi, Wednesday, said, every Ebonyi citizens earning an income must pay tax.
Umahi made this known in a press statement issued and made available to journalists by the Chairman, Ebonyi State Internally Revenue Services, EBSIRS, Dr. Austin Nweze.
The statement hinted that, “every Ebonyi citizen that earns an income must pay tax. However, those whose tax obligations are due within this pandemic period can seek for renegotiation on their tax payments as government tax relief.”
The governor has also approved tax relief to help hawkers and petty traders in the state in considering the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with Ebonyi State 2020 Revenue Law.
“Levies and charges for hawkers have been waived as a result of Covid-19 pandemic from 1 March, 2020 to 31 December 2020.
“The minimum tax payable under the presumptive tax regime (artisans, market women etc) as provided for under the fifth schedule of the Ebonyi state revenue law 2020 has been reduced by 40% for the year 2020 only.
“The deadline for the submission of form A by relevant tax payers and annual returns in.
accordance with section 41(3), 81(1-3) amended for companies operating in Ebonyi state has been extended from 1st March, 2020 to 30th September 2020.
“The penalty and interest being charged on late remittance of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) deductions have been waived between 1 March, 2020 and 30 September 2020 for all sectors.
“The daily rate collectable from non-shop owners at the International Market is hereby waived until new accommodation is ready to enable them get shops.”
The release therefore noted that, Ebonyi state automation centre would go live this July 2020 and assured of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) to be done the website (www.ebsirb.com) for easy accessibility by the people’s TIN certificate online.