The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), has called for increased advocacy and sensitisation of Nigerians on the importance of paying tax and there must be greater efforts to punish tax defaulters.
This was made known during the inauguration of the Association of Nigerian Taxation Students (ANTAS) in Lagos.
The stakeholders revealed that many people willfully evade paying tax because there has been little deterrence for offenders.
A taxation expert, Prof. Sanni Abiola, SAN, of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, while delivering a lecture, says “tax education remains a critical building to evolving an effective tax culture.
This is a national ideal and policy. Tax clubs in tertiary institutions should be strengthened with strong institutional support to serve as a veritable platform for entrenchment of an enduring tax culture.”
Prof. Godwin Oyedokun, A Council member of CITN, Factors affecting tax compliance include the decision of individuals not to comply with tax obligations, high tax burdens on taxpayers, and financial situations of individuals.
President of CITN, Adesina Adedayo says the inauguration of the students’ body was to build a generation of taxpayers, noting the students must be carried along. “This will dovetail into having a clear understanding of what tax is all about. There are some people that despite their education, they find it difficult to pay tax and the reasons behind paying tax.
It is a well-known fact that the youth of any country is a great asset and they are the future. It is imperative to acknowledge the role of youths in nation-building and support them to drive positive change in the world. Therefore, there is no better time to form this Association bearing in mind that Taxation is a distinct course and we must develop the tax profession.”
Prof. Kabiru Adeyemo of the Department of Accounting and Finance, Lead City University lamented that people don’t want to pay tax because they felt nothing would happen. This explains why Nigeria has continued to record one of the lowest tax compliance levels in Africa.
Meanwhile, other stakeholders have called for effective advocacy and continuous enlightenment to evolve an effective and efficient tax system in Nigeria.