FIRS Mandated By Law To Collect Stamp Duties- Nami

Yemisi Izuora

The Executive Chairman, of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Muhammad Nami, has argued that collection of revenue from Stamp Duties rests on the agency.

Disagreements on revenue collections from Stamp Duties between the FIRS and Nigerian Postal Service ( NIPOST) was technically brought to a close as FIRS submitted that it was backed by law to collect stamp duties.

Responsibility of stamp duties collection between FIRS and NIPOST was raised at an interactive session on the 2021- 2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework ( MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper ( FSP) organised by Joint Senate Committees on Finance and National Planning in Abuja on Thursday, August 20.

Also raised by the committee was why only N500 billion instead of N1.5 trillion was projected as expected revenues from the stamp duties collection in the 2021 budget by the FIRS.

The Chairman of the Joint Committee, Sen. Solomon Adeola(APC Lagos West) had asked the FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, whose responsibility it was to collect the stamp duties.

Nami, while responding, said there were two types of stamp duties which were the electronically related one; and the adhesive ones stated in section 5(2) of the Stamp Duty Act.

Postage stamp, he explained was different from stamp duties payments; noting that relevant laws empowered the FIRS to collect.

He said, though gaps in the Stamp Duties Act, urgently needed to be addressed; right of collection for the electronic related ones had been legally given to FIRS by the National Assembly; through the Finance Bill passed last year; and assented to, by President Muhammadu Buhari as an Act of parliament.

”Besides, stamp duties are more of tax collections; which the FIRS, is constitutionally empowered by relevant provisions to carry out,” he said.

However, members of the committee raised issues on the N500 billion revenue projected for the 2021 budget of FIRS; when parameters on the ground showed that the agency could collect more.

Sen. Gabriel Suswam (PDP Benue -East) said that the N500 billion projected; as revenue from stamp duties by FIRS in the 2021 budget was too meagre to the realisation of the projected N12.6 trillion 2021 budget.

“The deficit in the projected budget is N5.1 trillion; requiring aggressive revenue generation internally by agencies; such as FIRS in making the budget implementable,” he said.

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