The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has inaugurated an Anti-tax Agency, with a mandate to ensure that the poor, low income earners and peasant farmers enjoy tax holiday. This is part of the COVID-19 palliatives and in furtherance of the State’s tax exemption law. He insisted that the poor must be protected.
The Governor spoke against the activities of illegal tax consultants, whom according to him he said impose unnecessary tax on the poor in the State. In his words, “we charge you to ensure that the poor masses of Cross River State and the small business owners do not come under the harsh hands of the desperate search for money by tax consultants”.
In addition, the Governor announced that he has abolished all tax consultants engaged to recover taxes from small businesses. Ayade while advising small business oweners to resist illegal tax collectors, promised to empower the Agency to arrest any tax consultant seen putting pressure on already pressurized people and that such persons will be tried under the Cross River State Tax Exemption Law. He urged the Agency to swing into action.
The Governor also rolled out other small businesses to be exempted from tax during this COVID-19 period. They include: commercial motorcycle and taxi drivers, small saloon owners, small catering and restaurant points.
The members of the Agency are: Bishop Emma Isong of the Christian Central Chapel International as chairman, Reverend Father Julius Ada (Secretary), Pastor John Ekpenyong and Reverend Sister Patricia Olom. The Chairman, on behalf of the Agency commended the Governor’s passion for the masses and promised that the team would deliver.