TRADERS at various markets in Anambra State, particularly Eke Awka market in Awka South Local Government Area; are lamenting the new tax regime of the governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
According to the traders, there is no need for them to be forced to pay multiple taxes and levies daily. Our correspondent gathered that shop owners in the markets are being taxed as much as N14,200; while hawkers are randomly forced to pay N200 at various times and places daily
A breakdown of the levy includes a stallage fee of N4,800, market development fee of N2,400; market traders fee of N3,000, pollution/sanitation fee of N2,000, biometric market registration of N700. And market operation fee of N1,300.
The governor of the state, Soludo, had during a meeting with parks and market executives in the state disclosed the introduction of this new tax regime. He said the move was because the era of revenue generation through the sale of crude oil was gradually phasing out.