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NIPOST, FIRS At War Over Stamp Duty Collection

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There is a disagreement between Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) over jurisdiction in regard to stamp duty collection is on a high pitch today, Tuesday.

The Director of Communication and Liaison for the FIRS, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, in a statement made a vow that the FIRS is determined to ensure all monies collected by NIPOST into its alleged illegally operated Stamp Duties Account are fully remitted into the Federation Account and any kobo that is not accounted for will be legally recovered.

However, the Chairman of the Nigeria Postal Service, Maimuna Abubakar, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lamented over the stolen mandate of NIPOST by the. According to the NIPOST chairman, the FIRS is an agency responsible for assessing, collecting and accounting for tax accruing to the Federal Government and is not entitled to the printing of stamps. Abubakar tweeted;

“I am worried for NIPOST, having sleepless nights because of NIPOST. We need the general public to come to our aid; FIRS stole our mandate.

“FIRS are now selling stamps instead of buying from us. What is happening; are we expected to keep quiet and let FIRS kill and bury NIPOST?

“We need to get our mandate. NIPOST is the sole custodian of national stamps; another agency printing and selling stamps is against the law of the land.”

Responding to the tweet, the FIRS on Tuesday, countered NIPOST and faulted claims of Maimuna Abubakar, saying;

 “To be sure, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by Decree 41 of 1992 with the function to develop, promote and provide adequate and efficiently coordinated postal services at reasonable rates.

“This function is clearly contrary to the claim by NIPOST over the administration of stamp duties in Nigeria.

“On the other hand, the FIRS is the sole agency charged with the responsibility of assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including Stamp Duties.”

 

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