All adult residents in Kaduna State will be made to pay N1,000 annual development fee as from 2021 the state government as disclosed.
The Executive Chairman of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS), Dr. Zaid Abubakar disclosed this on Wednesday, noting that the levy is in line with the provision of Section 9 (2) of the Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law, 2020.
He argued that the money will be used for infrastructural developments in the state which will be enjoyed by the residents.
Abubakar noted further that the law had been in place for over 50 years but was not enforced, adding that it was N100 before, but has now been reviewed to N1,000 in line with present economic realities.
He said: “As the name implies, the development levy is for the development of the state. We are all living witnesses of the economic transformation taking place in the state.
“This is evident with the ongoing massive roads construction, renovation, upgrade and equipping of hospitals and schools, and provision of the needed infrastructure for development to thrive.’’
The chairman who explained that the money will be re-invested into the state economy, argued that implementation should have started this year but was shifted to 2021 due to the COVID-19 impact on individuals and families.
“We ought to have commenced enforcement since January 2020 but extended it to 2021 due to COVID-19 lockdown and its accompanying economic hardship.
“But there will be full enforcement beginning from 2021, in accordance with the provisions of the state and other relevant tax laws,” he said.
Abubakar said the modalities for the collection of the levy across the 23 local government areas of the state will soon be made public.