In an effort to drive revenue in Ogun State, newly admitted students into the State’s Tertiary Institutions were expected to present their parents’ Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) or evidence of payment of tax as part of admission.
The Chairman, Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS), Mr. Olugbenga Olaleye said this in his office at Abeokuta while reacting to some misguided information going round among students, that OGIRS was asking students to pay tax.
Olaleye said, “no student in the State tertiary institutions is expected to pay tax as they are not yet taxable adult”, pointing out that the law expected only taxable adults earning income to pay taxes as and when due.
He explained further that for those whose parents do not have evidence of tax payment or Tax Clearance Certificate, the sum of N10,000 is only charged in the name of the parents as payment in lieu of TCC for the assessment year. Such payment according to him would be recognised and credited in favour of the parent in their fund or future assessment.
The revenue agency boss enjoined all residents of the State to imbibe the culture of prompt payment of their taxes, saying that it would enable the government carry out its social responsibilities as expected.
Head Information Unit OGIRS