Monday, August 19, 2019

FIRS boss not under investigation – presidency

The presidency Monday said Babatunde Fowler the boss of Federal Inland Revenue Service – the agency responsible for assessing and collecting taxes – is not under any investigation.

“It is necessary to state categorically that the Chair of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler,is not under any investigation,” the presidency said in a statement.

It said the “letter from the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on which the purported rumour of an investigation is based, merely raises concerns over the negative run of the tax revenue collection in recent times.”

In the letter stamp-dated August 8, Kyari said the presidency “observed significant variances between the budgeted collections and actual collections for the period 2015 to 2018.”

Kyari therefore “queried” Fowler over worsening tax collection since 2015.

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