The Chairman of Cross River Anti Tax Agency, Dr. Emmah Isong says the agency will report those who violate the State’s Anti Taxation Law including government officials to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He said this on Thursday while addressing Journalists on the activities of the agency in Calabar.
Isong said the agency was disturbed by series of reports and observations of the continuous illegal operations of some person’s including government officials and agencies in violation of the Anti taxation laws.
“Our attention has been drawn to the illegal operations of certain recalcitrant Tax Consultants purportedly representing Local Government Councils or MDAs of government.
“It has become mandatory for the Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency in collaboration with Enforcement Services to issue a warning and alert unsuspecting public that the popular Tax – Exemption Policy of Governor Ben Ayade is still in force and remains unabated, ” he said.
He said that officials of the agency were not above board in the implementation of the Anti-Tax Law, adding that it was the best and most people-friendly law by the Ayade led administration.
“We cannot be intimidated, harassed, and abated, and anybody who tries us by way of bribery will face the EFCC.
“I am ready to report anybody who violates this law to the EFCC, no matter how highly placed, ” Isong said.
According to him, the agency was collaborating with the State’s Internal Revenue Service to ascertain who are the low-income earners and those who merit to pay tax.
Isong, who is also the General Overseer of the Christian Central Chapel Calabar said the activities of the agency have helped in reducing multiple and illegal taxations in the state, especially at the Local Government Council levels.
He urged members of the public to report any agent of the government, especially agents of Local Government Councils who come to extort money from them in the name of a levy.