Kwara State Government can now heave a sigh of relief as it hopes to bring home the perks of inter-agency partnership. This is coming at a time where the level of illicit financial flow is hitting the roof, denying the government a reasonable sum for developmental purposes.

The reason for the pat on the back to the Kwara State government is that recently through a partnership between the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS, and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the state is set to welcome a tax fraud desk to be spearheaded by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC.

This recent revelation by the Head of the zonal office, Usman Muktar is borne out of the prevalent rate of tax irregularities in the system. The irregularities identified include issues of corruption, tax evasion, illicit financial flows, and money laundering.

The identified unit by the EFCC will also involve the Special Control Unit to specifically tackle money laundering, bringing a level of sanity to the entire system.

Tax evasion as identified as an economic crime has been put forward as one of the key reasons the EFCC is joining the fight to nip in the bud what has become a menace.

The tax fraud desk will aim at tackling corruption, tax evasion, illicit financial flow among others

It is pertinent to note that, reforms like this continue to position the KWIRS in a positive light. Recall that in a recent post commented on a major landmark recently reached by the state agency, generating a whopping sum of ₦9,598,504,939.90  as IGR for the state in the first quarter of 2021 since its 2016 creation.

Statement from the leadership of both agency

 “We are here to seek your support in tackling the menace of tax evasion in Kwara State.

“We need the support of relevant government agencies like the EFCC to curb tax evasion in the public and private sectors within the state,”

“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with EFCC in the area of gathering intelligence about taxpayers and enforcement of relevant laws,” the chairman of the agency added.

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