29 Nov 2016

FG changes international passport requirement

Nigerians would soon be made to show evidence of tax  payment before they could obtain their international passports. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter FIRS boss Babatunde Fowler say Nigerians who either want a new passport or renew an old one must show evidence of being a tax-payer.
This was the submission of the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr Tunde Fowler yesterday, November 28 at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board which had the theme, “Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection,’’ in Abuja. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Fowler also announced that Nigerians who either want a new passport or renew an old one must show evidence of being a tax-payer.

His words: “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 and it would help us 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.’’ Fowler also added that the FIRS set a target to increase the individual taxpayer data base by 10 million by December 31, this year. “I’m glad with our co-operation; we’ve been able to attain 30 per cent of that.

We’ve been able to get three million individual taxpayers across the nation. “I’d like to congratulate Kano State for leading the pack by increasing the database by 944,000 followed by Lagos with 306,000 then Kaduna and Plateau,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the validity period of international passport is set to be extended to 10 years according to the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) Muhammad Babandede. The move comes as a result of several complaints from Nigerians.

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  1. What are the benefit of tax payer all over the world? We have not even feel the impact of democracy's this man want to implement tax before you get passport. When will the leaders start to think about the less prelivilege?

  2. Extortion policies is what we see but we did not enjoy any benefit from it.

  3. The tax evidence is not enough, especial, for the foreigners living in Nigeria. You Guys need to make a system that will say, any foreigners that want to come to Nigeria for work or on family bases must speak Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa for them to get a job and obtain a Nigeria passport. These skill workers can't just come to Nigeria and take our jobs or even living better than Nigerians. Pls, reason with me

  4. A country were millions are jobless yet the govt is not bothered about that....they are interested in increasing tax to further punish the ordinary man. The tend to forget that a slight increase in bread led to the arab spring that took the life of Gadaffi. Enough is enough. I know Mr president wont support this non sense.


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