Friday, December 29, 2017

Lagos State House Of Assembly Set To Pass Bill For Religious Bodies To Pay Tax


 Lagos state House of Assembly yesterday passed a bill that will ensure religious bodies- churches and mosques located in the state pay tax to the government as this will increase revenue for the state.

The bill which is labelled “A Bill For A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes” will be used to review the Land Use Charge in the state.

Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the House who presided over the plenary made know that the bill is to help generate more revenue for the state and will also ensure more consultants are employed to help the government in collecting the land use charges in the state.

“We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered in the collection of land use charge. Whatever tribunal that would be set up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government. On the issue of exemptions, we cannot exempt religious organisations because most of the worship centres are making money. We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”

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