Mr Okon Okon, Executive Chairman, AKIRS, with the Executive of Nigerian Bar Association, Uyo branch.

The Executive Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service, AKIRS, Mr. Okon Okon, has appealed to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to support efforts made by government to deepen tax administration in the State.

Mr. Okon made the appeal penultimate week when the NBA Uyo branch paid him a courtesy at Revenue House Uyo, solicited the support and cooperation of the association towards strengthening tax compliance and enforcement as well as recovery of tax liabilities.

He emphasised that tax is a law, and lawyers who are custodians of the law have crucial roles in the interpretation, enforcement of compliance, and protection of the sanctity of the law.

The Executive Chairman expressed the readiness of AKIRS to collaborate with NBA to sensitise her members on tax and tax obligations, saying that with adequate awareness, the lawyers would properly advise their clients on tax obligations hence will help reduce cases of tax disputes and litigations.

“We are supposed to be partners for obvious reasons. Taxation is law, you can define taxation as law and you will be right, and so if taxation is law who then should be our partners? Lawyers. There is a need for cooperation, collaboration and support for the government of Akwa Ibom State to deepen tax administration and improve our IGR so that will have funds to keep propelling the wheels of progress and sustain the development of our dear State.”

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Okon congratulated the new executive of the NBA Uyo Branch led by Barr Augustine Udoh, urged members of the association who have interest in Commercial and Tax Law to enroll with the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria CITN, for industry-based training and certification to broaden their knowledge, hone their skills and improve their practice.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, NBA, Uyo branch, Barr. Augustine Udoh, said his leadership will readily offer professional partnership and support services to initiatives promoted to boost revenue generation for the State by AKIRS.

“As a professional body, we have clients whom we owe a duty to advise. We also owe a duty to sensitise them, that rather than go to Court, go and pay your tax, because we have realised that it is better to have a reduction in litigation cost and increase tax compliance, than a long litigation.”

Barr. Udoh said his leadership is poised to sensitise its members to comply with the State Revenue Administration Law, and other policies and programmes designed to generate revenue for the State, appealed to AKIRS to further enhance ease of payment of fees and levies by its members to enable them file their papers promptly.

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