Churches, Mosques to pay tax in Lagos

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday spoke against the existing Land Use Charge Act in the state, saying a bill to review it is being considered.

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The bill tagged “A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes,”   according to the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, is aimed at increasing the revenue generation of the state by bringing more houses into the net.

Obasa defended the move to dump the existing Land Use Act that exempted worship centres from paying taxes saying it was disincentive to increase revenue generation drive of the state.

He said, “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; however, let’s leave all in the hand of the committee.”

The Speaker also expressed his disapproval of the number of tax consultants handling that of land in the state adding there was an urgent need to have more of them.

According to him, “We need more consultants to do the job, so that the entire state can be covered in the collection of Land Use Charge.”

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