Senate Probes Alleged Diversion Of N20tn Stamp Duties





    Senate Probes Alleged Diversion Of N20tn Stamp Duties


 The Senate has instructed its standing committees on Finance and Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to probe allegations of unremitted stamp duties revenue, valued at about N20 billion in the last five years.
The committees are expected to report their findings, observations and recommendations to the Senate within eight weeks.
The Senate accused some agencies saddled with the responsibilities of collecting the funds of systemic diversion of huge revenue from stamp duties collection on the electronic transfer receipt on online bank transactions and the necessity to demand notice on all unremitted stamp duties.
It said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) declared in 2013 that stamp duties revenue accruals from five states only was over N160 billion.
In a motion titled ‘Urgent need to investigate allegations of Unremitted Stamp Duty Revenue running into trillions of naira’, and sponsored by Senator John Enoh and ten others, the Senate alleged that a total volume of N20 trillion was not paid into the Federation Account between 2015 and 2017.
“The Stamp Duty Act is one of the oldest and enduring laws in Nigeria since 1939 and that application of stamp duties has institutionally been a significant revenue earner for both Federal and State Governments since independence, thus accounting for almost a quarter of the taxation resources annually.
“The provision for stamp duty in the revenue framework of the nation’s annual budget for 2015, 2016 and 2017 has been N8.713 billion, N66.138 billion and N16.96 billion respectively,” Senator Enoh said in his motion.
Senator Suleiman Hukunyi from Kaduna State, in his remarks, called for a thorough probe. He said the figures of monies realised since 2015 do not add up.
Senate Probes Alleged Diversion Of N20tn Stamp Duties Senate Probes Alleged Diversion Of N20tn Stamp Duties Reviewed by Emeka Chiaghanam on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Rating: 5

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