The Point-of-sale (PoS) operators in Nigeria have raised fresh alarm.They raised the alarm that some state governments have started charging them at least N30,000 in taxes annually per agent.
The National Vice President of the Association of Mobile Money and Bank Agents in Nigeria, Obioha Oti, disclosed this in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday.
Oti was speaking on the emerging threat of the naira shortage and its effect on PoS operators.According to him, PoS vendors are plagued by naira shortages and heavy taxes in some parts of the country.
He alleged that state governments in Anambra, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom, as well as other states in the southwest and north, tax PoS operators N100 daily and N2500 monthly.
“There are many other problems POS operators are facing now. This disturbing trend is why some state governments have started taxing operators heavily.
“We have reports in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Anambra states, states in the southwest and others in the north. For Anambra, there is an agency the government commissions to collect N100 daily, N2500 monthly, and N1000 to register.
“If you do the calculation, one agent will pay at least N30,000 to the government in the form of taxes. And sometimes the people collecting these taxes are more than one,” he said.