For the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2020), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has posted a new collection record of 15 per cent increase.

The feat was contained in statement released yesterday by FIRS director of Communications, Abdullahi Ahmad.

He explained that Service collected N1.203 trillion in Q1 2020, N156 billion higher than the corresponding of 2019 with a collection of N1.046 trillion. This translates to 15 per cent increase over the previous year’s first quarter collection.

This year’s result showed an increase in collection trends as Ahmad said that the agency had capital gains tax (CGT), an increase from N96.408 billion in Q1 2019 to N643.935 billion in Q1 2020.

Accordingly, gas income tax rose from N2.977 billion in Q1, 2019 to N15.59 billion in Q1, 2020. Although Ahmad said that petroleum income tax (PPT) grew by nine per cent in the quarter under review, he did not provide the figures to support this.

According to him, companies iIncome tax (CIT) increased to N102.610 billion in Q1, 2020 compared to N40.696 billion declared by the Babatunde Fowler-led previous administration in Q1, 2019.

NITDEF also rose from N691.206 in 2019 to N111,037 billion in Q1 2020; while Stamp Duty increased from  N3.386 billion in Q1, 2019 to N4.750 billion in Q1, 2020. Value Added Tax (VAT) increased by 27% at the Customs Level and 13% at the Non-Import Level, he simply said.

Ahmad said that the passage of Finance Act 2019 led to a drop in withholding tax rate from five per cent to 2.5 per cent in some sectors. The Act also tinkered with pre-operational levy (levy paid by tax payers to obtain TCC) thereby resulting in a five per cent collection in Q1, 2020, a drop from seven per cent in Q1, 2019.

With the full take-over of Pay As You Earned (PAYE) and PIT in the FCT by FCT-IRS, the FIRS lost all FCT collection, which led to the fall in both PAYE and Personal Income Tax (PIT) for Q1, 2020.

“Without a doubt, this commendable performance is a direct result of the blockage of leakages and other wide-ranging reforms launched by the executive chairman, Mr. Muhammad Nami, towards repositioning the Service for efficient service delivery,” he said.

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