So many businesses have fallen prey to multiple and illegal tax deductions. Very many have been crushed under the heavy burden of such deductions.

But there appears to be succour in sight as President Muhammadu Buhari is promising that the federal government will investigate the issue of illegal tax collections to encourage more private sector businesses to thrive.

The president made the pledge when he received the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria (AUFCDN) led by Ali Tahir.

Buhari told the delegation that his administration has genuine intentions to eliminate illegal taxes in the country, even though “old habits die hard”.

The president was responding to a request by the association on the need for the federal government to curb the unhealthy practice of illegal tax collections.

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He said: “I am appalled to learn that these illegal tax collections still persist. Bad habits are not easily dropped.

“But let me assure you that relevant security agencies will be reminded of their duties in preventing these bad practices and safeguarding people like you who go about their legitimate businesses.

“I will take up all your appeals and complaints in due course and together with state governments, we will attend to your proposals.”

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