JULIET ALOHAN Commerce & Industry Business

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of National Platform on Tax Justice has called for the abolition of harmful and regressive tax practices.

This was part of resolutions reached in a communique issued in Abuja yesterday following findings in a report titled, ?Baseline Study on Tax in Nigeria,? and Launching of National Platform on Tax Justice aimed at engaging the government in raising awareness on the need for a just, equitable and efficient tax system in Nigeria.

In the communiqu? issued at the end of the study which was commissioned by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Oxfam Novib, in collaboration with Christian Aid and ActionAid Nigeria, the CSOs observed that there are leakages within Nigeria?s tax system that reduces the amount of actual tax available to finance development and provide service to the citizens.

??The platform advocates for a fair, just, transparent and equitable tax system that adequately protects the rights and interests of Nigerian citizens through research, advocacy, partnership and mobilisation.

The platform further advocate for a progressive tax regime that will curb tax evasion and avoidance by multinationals and other corporate bodies as well as the rich,?? the communiqu?s read in part.

The communiqu? which was signed by the Country Director ActionAid Nigeria, Dr.Hussaini Abdul and Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa, frowned at the little knowledge of tax issues by Nigerians.

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