TAXATION IN THE INFORMAL SECTOR IN DELTA STATE

 TAXATION IN THE INFORMAL SECTOR IN DELTA STATE

TAXATION IN THE INFORMAL SECTOR IN DELTA STATE REPORT

This research project was undertaken between January and February 2017 by Int'l center for women empowerment and child development. (ICWECD) in collaboration with Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CSLAC) an Abuja based non-governmental and non-profit organization founded on the vision of a Nigeria where citizens are participating in governance; the government is safeguarding the rights and welfare of the people, and non-State actors are providing space for citizens to demand accountability. Its mission -“to strengthen Civil Society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for Civil Society groups and policymakers on legislative processes and governance issues”.

The research project was undertaken under “The Financing for Development Project (F4D)”. The financing for Development Project has as its principal objective to empower Civil Society and non State actors to undertake a campaign/research and advocacy to promote fair and progressive taxation by engaging governments at all the levels to infuence tax policies and practices to address unfair tax practices, inequality and protect the rights of citizens, especially impoverished informal sector players, including women.

The project also seeks to engender support for taxation from the general citizenry, facilitate service delivery by the government, as well as trust between the letter and citizens. It was sponsored by OXFAM NOVIB of the Netherlands, a consortium which seeks as an overall objective to end poverty as well as empower people to know their rights. ICWECD in its capacity as a member of “Delta State Tax Justice and Governance Platform” had participated in the implementation of a project for Tax Justice Advocacy and Awareness Creation in Delta State. In the implementation of the project titled undertaken by the platform in 2015 and which was also sponsored by Oxfam. “In the implementation of the project titled” Awareness Creation and Mobilization of Citizens in Delta State”, the state Tax Justice Platform carried out advocacy visits to key stakeholders, held consultative meetings with the State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) and notable operators of the informal sector, as well as organized town hall meetings, a colloquium and electronic and print media campaigns to promote for transparent and progressive taxation as it performs to the informal sector.

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