The Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, has been served with a query by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over the issue of insufficient tax accumulated by the firm in the span of three years, specifically from 2015-2018.
The query based on 'poor revenue collections' was signed by Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. It reads:
Titled: “RE: Budgeted FIRS Collections and Actual Collections”
"Your attached letter (FIRS/EC/ECW/0249/19/027 dated 26 July 2019) on the above subject matter refers.
“We observed significant variances between the budgeted collections and actual collections for the period 2015 to 2018.
“Accordingly, you are kindly invited to submit a comprehensive variance analysis explaining the reasons for the variances between budgeted and actual collections for each main tax item for each of the years 2015 to 2018.
“Furthermore, we observed that the actual collections for the period 2015 to 2017 were significantly worse than what was collected between 2012 and 2014. Accordingly, you are kindly to explain the reason for the poor collections.
“You are kindly invited to respond by 19 August 2019.”
Fowler previously served as the Chairman of Lagos Inland Revenue Services (LIRS) and was rumoured to have been recommended for the position by the All Progressives Congress (APC) party leader and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.