The Chattered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has commended the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) over revenue generated in 2021.
The President of the Institute, Mr Adesina Adedayo gave the commendation when he led a team of tax experts consisting of two former presidents of the institute, executives and members on a courtesy visit to the Acting Executive Chairman of FCT-IRS, Mr Haruna Abdullahi on Friday.
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FCT-IRS Mustapha Sumaila in a statement issued on Sunday said the visit is to formally inform and seek for support of the Service on the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the institute.
He also said the visit is to formally inform the service of the 24th annual Tax Conference scheduled to take place in Abuja and Lagos, on 1st and 5th February, 2022.
Adedayo who expressed joy on the achievement recorded by FCT-IRS said it was commendable that the Service surpassed its target of N109Bn by 108 per cent as at the end of November 2021, which according to him, is a laudable feat to attain in spite of the COVID-19 and economic challenges posed on business and revenue generation in the country.
The President whose visit coincided with the last day of a four day week long Tax Drive activities organised by FCT-IRS to create awareness, applauded the strategic approach deployed by the Service for the sensitisation campaign with a road show, as an enlightenment strategy meant to awaken and increase the tax paying culture from both individuals and organizations.
Adedayo also stated that he would be looking forward to more collaboration with FCT-IRS in fostering a better working relationship.
He said he would put in place a joint technical committee for the purpose of advancing the revenue performance of the FCT-IRS through peer review and strategy session as well as consultative briefings.
In his remark, former President of the Institute and also the former Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Dr. JK Naiyeju also commended the leadership of the FCT-IRS for providing a conducive environment for the tax payers adding that such environment would excite those coming around to pay their taxes.
“I was excited when I came in to the premises because of how beautiful and well organised it is. Every taxpayer that walks into this building will be happy to have business with FCT-IRS”
Responding, the Acting Executive Chairman, FCT-IRS, Mr. Haruna Abullahi reiterated the service’ commitment in partnering with CITN and other relevant organisations to empower the personnel for effective service delivery.
Abdullahi added that he would always welcome any form of partnership that would help to build the capacity of his staff with a view to attain improved performance in the Service.
According to him, FCT-IRS gives much priority to training and he always be willing and welcome any organisation, institute or individual that will collaborate in building the skills and capacities of his personnel.
On the institute’s 40th anniversary and Tax Conference, Abdullahi pledged to give necessary support and also mobilise the staff of the Service to participate in the historical events.
He expressed happiness over the visit of the CITN delegation led by its president, saying that FCT-IRS has been in partnership with the institute and would continue to work to sustain such collaboration for the betterment of FCT and the country in general.
Meanwhile, the Acting Executive Chairman described Naiyeju as a mentor, teacher and expert as far as the field of taxation is concerned pointing out that being part of the delegation was a big motivation for him and indeed the Service.
FIRS deploys technology to capture market traders to expand VAT collection
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has rolled out the implementation of the Integrated Market Revenue Management System (IMRMS), a purpose-built digital platform, to capture the informal sector, especially market traders in the federal government’s tax net.
The FIRS is to collaboration with Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN), the umbrella body for all trading associations in Nigeria, to collect and remit Value Added Tax (VAT) from traders in marketplace, using the IMRMS platform.
The collaboration code named as the VAT Direct Initiative (VDI), is part of a deliberate move to expand the government’s tax base.
MATAN which is the largest player in Nigeria’s market space has a membership of over 40 million traders across the country.
Under the arrangement, MATAN is expected to digitally enumerate its members, give them a digital identity and track their turnover so that VAT accrued is collected and remitted to the FIRS.
Through this initiative, the FIRS will help tackle multiple taxation in the marketplace through partnership with security agencies to curb the activities of touts, miscreants and self-imposed tax collectors involved in illegal tax collection in Nigeria’s market spaces.
Speaking at an the official launch of traders enumeration exercise in Abuja, Mr Adebayo Adefeogbe, a director in the FIRS, said the initiative would grant the government coordinated access to almost 70 per cent untaxed revenue in the informal sector.
He said collecting VAT from over 40 million traders would enable the government to provide basic amenities in marketplaces across the country.
Moses Ige, MATAN National Coordinator of Incentives, urged market leaders who were present at the event, to sensitise members of various market associations to ensure that they are captured for the VAT Direct Initiative (VDI).
He listed the benefits of VAT Direct Initiative for registered traders to include health insurance, micro pension, general insurance cover, low-interest and non-collaterised business loans and grants, provision of provision of social amenities in marketplaces and free legal services.
Ige said, “All the services, including health insurance scheme, enjoyed by those in the public sector will also be extended to those in the informal sector. Registered MATAN members will have access to free medical care.
“Registered traders will also enjoy insurance cover in case of any loss as a result of disasters, have access to loans, and enjoy micro-pension scheme. We are working with the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) to get our members registered for the contributory pension scheme.
“With the VAT Direct Initiative, the government will get more revenue to execute capital projects in markets across the country.
“We are also partnering with Bank of Industry (BOI) to ensure that every small business owners have access to loans.”
JIRS chair accuses revenue collection agencies of sabotaging tax collection in JIgawa
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The Jigawa state Internal Revenue Service (JIRS) has accused some revenue generatiing agencies of sabotage in local revenue collection in the state.
The executive chairman of services, Malam Nasir Sabo Idris gave the indication at the launch of Jigawa Enlightenment and Engagement Team (JEET) with the aim of improving revenue generation in the state.
The executive chairman lamented over the lackadaisical attitude of most of the revenue generating agencies in the state towards their mandate of revenue and tax collection.
He also alleged that the little they collected some times are not remitted to the government account.
Malam Nasir Sabo Idris who also observed that the agencies were also not represented at the launching of Jigawa Enlightenment and Engagement Team (JEET), despite timely invitation extended to them
He attributed the continued decline of internally generated revenue in the state to inadequate tax payers enlightenment and engagement in addition to poor commitment by tax and revenue collectors.
According to him with the new strategies applied in modernizing and digitizing tax collection system, the board is targeting to increase the revenue generation by twenty percent in the first quarter of 2024.
The Chairman expressed the optimism that they will increase the state ‘s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by sixty percent at the end of next year adding that it will be doubled in the next two years.
According him, the JEET team is aimed at creating more awareness, understanding and cordial relationship between the tax payers and tax collectors in the state with the hope it will block all leakages and tax fraudulent collection.
Malam Idris maintained that the JEET would digitize taxpayers registration as well as enlighten the tax payers about electronic payment to avoid any fraudulent practice.
“Though I’m newly appointed as chairman of the board but we estimated that in 2024 the board would be able to generate N42 billion, and if the leakages are blocked we will double the tax collection by the end of this administration” ,he said.
The chairman identified some duties of the JEET to include tax payers education and enlightenment, registration of tax payers, engagement with stakeholders and Data collection, effective handling of media information among others.
He called on workers union, MDAs and all other stakeholders to cooperate with the team to achieve the desired objectives of moving Jigawa state forward.
FCT-IRS moves to boost revenue by priortising institutional framework
The Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS), Mr. Haruna Abdullahi has indicated that the management of the Service has priortised institutional framework as key strategy to boost revenue generation in the territory, steadily.
A statement by the Head Corporate Communications of the service Mustapha Sumaila quoted Abdullahi to have spoken in a key note address on “Accounting for a better world” at the Annual Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Members, Partner Employers and Students Summit 2023 in Abuja.
He explained that what the management of the Service under his leadership has been doing in the last two years was to build a strong and robust system that would outlive them, thereby making processes and procedures of tax administration easier and seamless with a view to enhance tax collections.
“What we have been doing in the last two years is to build the institutional framework to fit into globally recognised institutions that will be a model for not only our counterpart agencies in Nigeria but in Africa.
“We have carried out a number of reforms to reshape the Service to enhance our revenue drive in the FCT. We have stepped up on our awareness campaigns to educate taxpayers on all our processes as well mobilise the prospective taxpayers to be in tax net.
“Our engagement with our major stakeholders has been enhanced overtime as we constantly engage them, update and educate them on decision, direction and introduction of any policy in order to carry them along.
“Capacity building of staff has been an utmost priority for the Service more than ever. We cannot have efficient and committed workforce if the staffers are not well trained to deliver optimally.
“From what we have done so far, in the next few years, there will be visible impact in terms of what the Service will be generating” he stated.
The FCT-IRS boss while speaking to students at the Summit, admonished them on the importance of mentorship when making career choices, as guides from their mentors would go a long way in shaping their career paths.
Abdullahi who is also a Fellow of ACCA underscored the need for mentors and successful persons in their choosen endeavours in the society to identify talents and build them to become great people in their careers.
The FCT-IRS chairman while commending the ACCA for organising the summit, stated that the association had given him global opportunity to work around the world hence urged the participants to tap from this privilege to change their destiny.
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