Anambra State Government has mobilised Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (Ocha Brigade) and a Special Task Force on Revenue Enforcement for collection of revenue in markets in the state.
While addressing the market leaders at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr Uchenna Okafor, urged them to get their market task force ready for work.
The commissioner observed that a good number of traders had refused to pay taxes and, therefore, warned that such markets might be closed down.
Chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS), Dr David Nzekwu, had addressed the market leaders on the need to pay their personal income tax.
Dr Nzekwu said tax was calculated based on the amount of earnings each trader made.
He explained that every person in the state doing any form of business was involved in such payments and not only traders.
Chairman, Mgbuka Obosi Market, Mr Samuel Obi, said that mega shopping malls in his market had always resisted several attempts to get them to pay their taxes.
Chairman, Building Materials Market, Ogidi, Mr Gabriel Momegha, said that the few faithful traders paying taxes had stopped because the majority had not been paying, going scot free at all times.
Mr Momegha said enforcement by a special task force would be a good idea to ensure that every trader would be part of the payment.
Reacting to the issue of income tax payment, the market leaders rejected the idea, saying that the timing and presentation was wrong.
They complained that many traders were still grappling with adverse effects of fire incidents in their markets and the COVID-19 pandemic.
They urged the government to keep the issue of income tax aside for now and allow the citizens to recover in order to avoid any form of revolt. (MOI)