Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, says commercial bus drivers, artisans such as dressmakers, hairdressers, vulcanisers etc will soon be made to pay tax.
FIRS executive chairman, Muhammad Nami, says the agency is proposing road infrastructure tax in Nigeria to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society.
He stated that the proposed road infrastructure tax to be administered by FIRS would provide the government with adequate funding for road construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance.
Nami disclosed this on Thursday while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by Chris Isiguzo, the National President, in his office, in Abuja.
Speaking in a statement signed by his media aid, Johannes Wojuola, Nami said:
“The only way to make the informal sector contribute to building a modern society is by making them pay when they use the roads.”
“That is why we are proposing that government should consider introducing Road Infrastructure Tax in Nigeria.
“In many jurisdictions, road users pay for the use of road infrastructure as such it shouldn’t be seen as an additional burden on our citizens because it has the potential of making life better for all of us.”
“Without the tax that you pay, governments at all levels would not be able to fulfil their mandate to the electorates. Tax money also helps to ensure the roads you travel are safe and always in good condition.”