COVID-19: Ugwuanyi grants relief to taxpayers

As part of an effort put in place to cushioning the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on residents of Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has granted tax relief and incentives to taxpayers in the state.

This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Prince Emeka Odo on Tuesday.

The waivers included 50% discount on all assessed Capital Gains Tax (CGT) from June till December 2020. A 50% discount on all Personal Income Tax Assessment issued to owners of schools and hotels for Year 2020.

“A 50% discount on all assessed Land Use Charge payment for Year 2020. This discount will expire on 31st of December 2020. A waiver of penalty and interest on Land Use Charge for Years 2018 and 2019 once payment is made before December 2020”.

Odo urged all taxpayers to obtain their Enugu State Social Benefit Number (ESBN) as it remains the unique identity prerequisite for obtaining electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (e-TCC)”, stressing that “ESBN is free.

He said that. their liaison offices at Abuja and Lagos are open on a daily basis except weekends and public holidays for easier access to taxpayers.

He urged taxpayers to “make their payments into any Commercial Bank with ENSG IGR Paydirect Platform”, warning that, “You must not pay by cash to anyone”.

Odom recalled that “Enugu State Government has since the inception of the current administration, in May 2015, waived the payment of Personal Income Tax as well as Market Tax, for all traders in the major markets of the state”.

He added that the waivers “which are part of the administration’s pro-poor policies” are still in force and will be sustained till the end of the tenure.

The Chairman noted that “The deadline for the submission of Form A for employees and Annual Returns in accordance with Section 41 (3) and 81 (1-3) of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) 2011 as amended for companies and institutions operating in Enugu State has been extended to 30th July, 2020.

“A waiver of penalty and interest charged for late remittance of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) deductions was granted from January to December 2020 for all sectors”.

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