By G9ija

The Plateau State Internal Revenue Service has expressed its readiness poised to generate over N21, 687,851,103 as its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) this year. Chairman of the Service Arlat Dasogot disclosed this to reporters on Wednesday.

According to him, the 2021 strategies and policy direction of the service will be in pursuant to section 40 of the Plateau State Consolidation Law 2020 in its efforts to meet the IGR target of N 21.6 billion through a strategy tagged “Explosive Revenue Drive “ERED 2021”

According to him, the explosive approach in 2021 IGR generation and collection includes massive taxpayers’ registration, increased revenue assessment; ensure revenue returns and notices, debt collection and recovery profiling, forensic investigation, enforcing tax clearance certificate, and full automation of all processes through technology, among others.

Dasogot said these strategies would be purposeful and impactful, so much so that Plateau State with 4.39 million population with a projection of 1.56m taxable people captured, the service could make close to N30 billion.

He further explained that with the drop on crude oil prices that resulted in the drop of statutory revenue allocation to the state, taxation, charging fees, fines and levies for services and other forms of documentation have become a ready-made alternative sources of revenue.

“This, however, has become a challenge with the attendant lockdown and semi-lockdown across the states which tended to stifle economic activities.”

Dasogot stressed the need for the government and citizens to confront the current economic realities in a bid to evolve alternative sources of generating income.