Katsina re-introduces cattle, development taxes, n500 per cattle

Katsina re-introduces cattle, development taxes, n500 per cattle

By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina

THE Katsina State Government’s re- introduced community development levy and cattle taxes states that under the new tax regimes, each working adult is expected to pay N2000, while a cattle breeder is expected to pay N500. 00 per cattle.

The State’s Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Faruk Jobe said the reintroduction of the law was to speed up revenue generation and developmental process in the State.

He made this known immediately after a meeting with Governor Aminu Bello Masari in Katsina.

According to him, already a committee has been set up to fine-tune modalities for payment of taxes as well as conducting the necessary enumeration exercises and submit its report to executive council.

“After receiving the report, we resolved that each adult in the state, including non-indigenes as well as male and female civil servants, are to pay N2,000 each as development levy annually.

“For the cattle levy, ‘jangali”, every cow owner will pay N500 per cow yearly. We are going to push the matter to the State House of Assembly for legislative process”.

The Commissioner puts more light on whether the new tax would be a burden on civil servants because of the direct tax deductions from salaries.

“Deductions on civil servants’ tax are different. The development levy now introduced by the State government is for all residents in Katsina.

He further said married women who are not working would be exempted, while those who are employed would pay the levy.

Jobe added that the payment of development levy is not new in the State, as it had been existing since but was abolished in 1979.

“Now, we have brought it back. Before we commence, government will take a biometric data of all adults in the State to know those who will pay and those that will not.

“The data will provide us with necessary information, address, business, and other relevant information about the taxpayers”.

Faruq Jobe also however noted that the same thing would be applicable to cattle owners, as the data will provide information on the number of cows and where the owners reside.

The Katsina Commissioner for Budget and Economic again stressed that the State government took the decision as part of efforts to check banditry, cattle rustling, stealing, kidnapping and other criminalities across the State.