The Federal Government has said it will recruit 7,500 graduates as Community Tax Liaison Officers to raise tax awareness among citizens.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, along with the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), M.r BabaTunde Fowler made this known at a joint press briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
Adeosun said that the recruits would be expected to go to schools, churches, mosques, markets and other social places to educate people on the tax system and let them know their obligations.
She added that through this initiative, the government is expected to increase the number of tax payers by 35 per cent, from 14 million to about 17 million in two years.
“We will be recruiting them through N-Power and they can apply through the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance or through the N-Power website.
“It’s a two year fixed contract and they will be deployed to states, attached to state Internal Revenue Service or FIRS.
“Their job is to improve the level of education on the Nigeria’s tax system.
“Our tax system is progressive, meaning those who earn less should pay less and those who earn more should pay more.
“A lot of people don’t know that. So it’s a chance to get people on ground to answer all these pertinent questions,” she said.
Adeosun said that graduates of accounting, economics, mathematics and other relevant courses would be given priority under the programme.