Jigawa State Internal Revenue Board says the state had lost over 20% of its internally generated revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Chairman of the board, Ibrahim Ahamad Muhammad disclosed this to newsmen in his office after he received members of the National Joint Tax Board (JTB).
He said the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the economic activities of the world had resulted to shortfall of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.
According to him, “In Jigawa State, we have lost over 20% of our internally generated revenue in 2019 due to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of some tax relief and holiday to the tax payers”
He said the state is now working to hard to recover and improve on its Internally Generated Revenue and other services to the tax payers.
Ahmad explained that part of the challenges of the board identified by the Joint tax Board (JTB ) include lack of financial and administrative autonomy of board in order to function effectively.
“With the support of State and Local Governments reform project (SLOGOR), the board had reviewed its revenue laws that will guide tax administration in the state, and the law was recently approved by the state House of Assembly and was signed by Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar,” he said.
The Secretary of the Joint Tax Board, who was represented by Aisha Ribadu, said they were in the State to provide first technical assistance with objective of assisting the states to improve their Internally Generated Revenue through more effective and efficient tax administration process.
She commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar for signing of the state revenue laws.