The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) has further extended the deadline for the filing of 2019 tax returns from June 1 to September 30. The agency had earlier extended the deadline for the filing of the 2019 Annual Tax Returns (ATR) by two months, from March 30 to May 31. The Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr Zaid Abubakar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday.
The Kaduna State Government is granting the incentives in accordance with Sections 95 (1) and 127 of the Kaduna State Tax (Codification and Consolidation) Law, 2016,” he said. Abubakar said that the extension, which would cost the state about N300 million in revenues, was part of palliative measures to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on taxpayers.
But after due consideration, the state government has further extended the grace to September 30 as a palliative to cushion the effect of COVID-19 economic meltdown on taxpayers,” he added.
The KDIRS boss explained that following the extension, filing of the ATR within the extended period should be deemed to be within the statutory timeline and would attract 1.0 per cent rebate on tax due.
He also said that penalties and interest that hitherto would accrue for late filing of returns had been waived for the period of the extension.
Other incentives announced by the Chairman include:
- Opens a window within the period of the extension for amicable and out of court settlement of all pending cases in courts and tribunals.
- Taxpayers subject to Presumptive Tax would enjoy a four months grace period to recover from the shock of the lockdown.
- The entertainment and hospitality sector, the worst hit by the pandemic, would enjoy the grace period on payment of Consumption Tax.
- Waiver of the monthly payment of Pay-As-You- Earn of members of staff of private schools to September 30, considering that schools were closed and students are at home. However, they still have to declare the number of staff they still have on their payroll.
- Amnesty from prosecution to defaulting taxpayers that have hitherto failed to declare or under declare their assets, failed to file returns or failed to pay their taxes.
- The defaulting taxpayers may be allowed a waiver on accrued penalties and interest if they voluntarily declare their assets and income and pay between June 30 and December 31.
- Tricycle, bus, and taxi operators in the transport sector would enjoy a grace period on payment of daily revenue for the period of the extension.
In line with the Social Distancing measures, the KDIRS boss advised taxpayers to utilize the agency’s online tax audit, investigation and reconciliation meetings.
“Taxpayers are also enjoined to take advantage of our various e-tax platforms to file tax returns, process vehicle particulars as well as purchase number plates at http://www.kadirs.kdsg.gov.ng,” he said.