Federal Government To employ 7,500 Graduates As Tax
It was revealed at a joint press briefing on Thursday 15th June 2017 in Abuja that the Federal Government is about to recruit 7,500 graduates as Community Tax Liaison Officers to raise tax awareness among citizens.
Present at the press briefing was Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance and Mr. Babatunde Fowler, the Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)
The Minister of Finance said that those to be recruited would be expected to visit schools, churches, mosques, markets and other social places to inform people about the tax system and let them know their duties.
She said the expectation of the government is to use this initiative to increase the number of taxpayers by 35 percent from the previous figure of 14million to 17million in the next two years.
She went further to say: “We will be recruiting them through N-Power and they can apply through the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance or through the N-Power website.
“It’s a two-year fixed contract and they will be deployed to states, attached to state Internal Revenue Service or FIRS.
“Their job is to improve the level of education on the Nigeria’s tax system.
“Our tax system is progressive, meaning those who earn less should pay less and those who earn more should pay more.
“A lot of people don’t know that. So it’s a chance to get people on the ground to answer all these pertinent questions.”
Adeosun said those that will be given priority in the program are graduates of Accounting, economics, mathematics and other relevant courses. She encouraged graduates interested in building a career in tax administration to apply as the government will help them become a professional in the field.