Cross River tax agency denounces illegal operations by tax officers

Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency Chairman Bishop Emmah Isong condemned the activities of illegal revenue collectors, who extort petty traders, tricycle drivers and taxi drivers in Calabar and in other parts of the state.

In a statement titled: “Anti-Tax Agency Frowns on Activities of Tax Operators” and made available to reporters in Calabar, Isong said: “The anti-tax agency wishes to express reservations about the activities being carried out. certain state operator taxes.

“It is worrying that despite Governor Ben Ayade’s good intentions to make more meaningful the lives of the poor Cross Riverians, who struggle daily for a living, some unpatriotic revenue collectors have continued to exploit poor market women. , petty traders, taxi and kéké drivers under the pretext of generating income for the state.

He said the agency’s checks had shown that these categories of people were harassed, intimidated and bullied on a daily basis by illegal tax operators, who had created all kinds of income points for themselves and their masters just to pluck their money. nests.

Isong said, “It is more worrying that even after the agency has had a series of meetings with relevant government agencies on the modus operandi of collecting taxes and duties, there appear to be infringements on the part of some. agencies. And it causes untold hardship for small business owners, small traders and taxi drivers.

“The reported case of a tragic incident on March 17, 2021 at the municipality in which a Chuks (a taxi driver) in a trending video was dehumanized by an illicit tax operator in Calabar is despicable.

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