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FIRS moves to make Evidence of Tax Payment a Prerequisite to getting Passports



Tunde Fowler

Tunde Fowler

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Tunde Fowler, on Monday said Nigerians would soon be made to show evidence of tax payment before they could obtain passports.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Fowler said this at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board which had the theme, “Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection,’’ in Abuja.

He also announced that Nigerians who either wanted a new passport or renew an old one must show evidence of being a tax-payer.

“We did take a position and I believe it would be implemented in the very near future that before you get any services from the immigration department: renewal of passports etc, you’d have to show that you are a tax payer.

These things are normal all over the world and it would help us to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better.

People believe that payment of tax is a burden and I’ll repeat that you only pay tax on income and profits.

So, if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living,’’ he said.

He said the FIRS set a target to increase the individual taxpayer data base by 10 million by December 31, 2016.

“I’m glad with our co-operation; we’ve been able to attain 30 per cent of that. We’ve been able to get 3 million individual taxpayers across the nation. I’d like to congratulate Kano State for leading the pack by increasing the database by 944,000 followed by Lagos with 306,000, then Kaduna and Plateau,’’ he said.

When asked by newsmen what he meant by citizens paying VAT on international passport, Fowler said every good and service except from items that are not VATABLE has to be charged VAT.

“What I can tell you is that as we move forward, as you obtain services from government they will ask you to show evidence of tax payment.”

The Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, lamented that the FRSC was being owed N700m for number plate production.

He also decried the high rate of fake documentation at ports, saying “if we can strengthen inter-agency collaboration, we’ll get more results now that the focus is on IGR.’’

The Chairman of the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, Udochukwu Ogbonna, urged the revenue generating agencies to cooperate digitally to ensure success and curb corruption.

Also, the Chairman of the Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Oseni Elamah, said “the FIRS should have a digital one-stop-shop accessible to all partners.’’

Some revenue generating agencies on Monday met in Abuja to curtail loss, stop corruption and increase proceeds to government coffers in 2017.

The event brought together all internal revenue service chairmen of the 36 states and the bosses of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Pinkie

    November 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Please is this tax not the large sum they deduct from our salaries? hiss! what has the government even done for us with all our taxes? just tired really

    • Manny

      November 29, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      This man is silly sorry to say. He said “These things are normal all over the world and it would help us to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better.”
      In which part of the world is this normal? Certainly not in the US. How on earth do these people come up with these ideas of theirs? The only eligibility criterion for a passport should be citizenship of that country.
      For social services, yes maybe you can ask for proof of tax compliance. But a passport is not a social service.

  2. Madman

    November 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    He needs the money to take care of his numerous girlfriends.

    Foolish man, stupid idea.

    • NationalSquirrel

      November 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      And to spend on his stupid badly behaved daughter with no home training and his and foreign wife. Idiot. Return the money you steal! Bastard man

    • Joke

      November 30, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Thank you oh mad man. You are so on point! But pls don’t forget his family. They too are living large off his position…Ole oshi ni.

  3. Concerned Taxpayer

    November 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    And how does the government know /verify whether or not an individual actually engaged in VATable transactions? What if everything I purchase is in the ordinary course of business? E.g. buying akara and agege bread

  4. EbonyFre

    November 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Overdo. The people up there will still find a way to bypass these rules as they have shown over time to be above the law.
    Will the process be easy and seamless for the average Nigerian?

  5. oo

    November 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    What about children? The jobless or the retired?
    Nigeria is going backwards

    • nene

      November 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      i’m tired of this country and the stupid laws. in this terrible economic climate, you’re still implementing stupid laws. when people are finding ways to survive, how many will be able to pay the huge taxes?

  6. wale

    November 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    All you knw how to do is raise more money for those politicians to be thiefing…what are the paying tax for?road you claim you do still destroy our cars…I hear you pa tinubu 1 billion to get th firs are a thief fowler

  7. Niola

    November 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    If you reside in Nigeria :OK
    and you are benefiting from Nigeria:That is where we beg to differ :no light ,no good roads,no good transportation network,health facilities and schools are decadent,security is also questionable and good governance is a no no so what is a benefit or did he mean whether you are benefiting or to your detriment living in Nigeria you must pay taxes? Joker abeg don’t let God be mad at you lots you have burdened Nigeria n’s enough

  8. Olori

    November 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    As a country we don’t even know where to focus our energy on like Oga Tunde Fowler, take several seats please. This is a very stupid proposition in it’s entirety. Armed robbery in disguise. Foolish old people mscheew

  9. nene

    November 29, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    lmfao. FIRS is not serious. A citizen of a country that has not provided basic amenities for its people cannot get a passport until he/she shows tax payments? FIRS where are all our taxes going? what do you people have to show for collecting taxes?

  10. Waawu

    November 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    And for the homemaker who doesn’t earn a living? Who is provided for by her husband? How does she pay tax if she isn’t earning a salary from a company?

  11. FinchleysFinest

    November 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    “So, if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living,’’”


    • Standard of living

      November 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Please which standard of living is he referring to. I read that paragraph like twenty times.
      We generate electricity via generator, water via borehole, pay heavily for medical services in a private hospital e.t.c.
      Please Mr Fowler and the other jokers that are ruling us , what do you have to show for the taxes collected so far?


    November 29, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Tunde Fowler is a dickhead. Have you forgotten Tunde Fowler the Nigerian passport is not free. It comes at a price. Which in itself, is another tax on it’s own. President Buhari should fire this looser immediately. Secondly, What will happen to Nigerians in the Diaspora? Do we also have to show evidence of payment of our taxes as well?. Fork you Tunde Fowler for being such an idiot.

    • Nene

      November 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      A bottle of champagne for ur comment

  13. Wow

    November 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Now, that’s just plain stupid. The only requirement for a passport should be citizenship. Taxes have nothing to do with it!!!

  14. Frank

    November 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    In my DMX voice “Here we go again”. Where do Nigerians find retards, non-entities, asswipes like these to run the affairs of the country. I thought Nigeria was full of real smart intelligent enlightened people. But the depth of slow pokes, bottom feeders, clueless idiots, irrational morons, motherfucking nincompoops (if I spelt it correct) beats me. DAMN!!!!!!

  15. Lola

    November 30, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I am in love with tunde fowlers son Femi. And he doesn’t even know It.

  16. frank

    November 30, 2016 at 2:35 am

    In my DMX voice “Here we go again”. Where does Nigeria find these retarded, ass wipes that run its affairs. I thought Nigeria was full of real smart, intelligent individuals. Beats me when retarded, bottom feeders, incompetent buffoons, slow pokes, low IQ bubonic idiots, nincompoop, like this idiot called Tunde Fowler and his likes are put in charge. Goes to show everything wrong with Nigeria, when “Idiota” like this are in charge. DAMN. SMH. And moderator please post my damn comment even if you don’t like the critic.

  17. nija eye

    November 30, 2016 at 2:42 am

    so this means that children below 18 years that have not started paying tax would not get passport from Nigeria.
    Is this country not a JOKE???
    Strategic failure ,inconclusive thinking and analysis
    i cry for NIGERIA

  18. #MadeInNaija

    November 30, 2016 at 3:32 am

    There is nothing wrong with presenting evidence of tax payment (if one is employed) before having access to some services from FGN or State Government. Most of the Companies deduct PAYE (Personal income tax) from their Employee but they do not remit to State Government where the staff resides. Are you aware that your Employer is supposed to obtain a tax card/clearance for you? Are you aware that your PAYE goes to the revenue of State Government where you reside, therefore, this move will enhance the collection of tax by various state Governments. Let us be objective here and look at the big picture. How many of us have tax card? Nobody has bothered to disturb his/her Employer for tax clearance. We do not have to castigate the efforts of FGN to restore sanity. The PAYE has not been increased but FGN wants to ensure tax collection is enhanced nationwide. People are being prosecuted and jailed in other countries for tax evasion or non-remittance.

  19. Tosin

    November 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    they have it backwards tho.
    tax has to do with economic activity
    passport to do with being born or naturalized or other basic membership … can’t depend on tax. but they’ll try to say it can because y’know who cares about logic.

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