FIRS move to simplify issuance of tax certificate

The Acting Executive Chairman of FIRS, Alhaji Kabir Mashi who made this known at the opening of the inaugural Field Operations Group Regional Management Meeting (FOGRMM) held at the weekend in Asaba, Delta State.
He said that such a review would reduce tax fraud, fast track payment of taxes and ease the problems of delay associated with the issuance of TCC to taxpayers.
Mashi said that the Service would work to achieve simplified and ease tax payment processes.
He said "We have to put more efforts in order to achieve our set target for the year 2012. The issuance of Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) is a very important aspect of what we do. We have to clear all huddles on the process of issuance of TCC.
"Some taxpayers tend to forge TCCs because the process of getting the Certificate after application is slow. So they think it is faster for them to forge. This in turn reduces the amount of tax revenue that could have accrued to the Federal Government. 
``In order to increase tax collection, the process of issuance of TCC has to be faster. We have to make it faster".
Mashi said the FIRS has started the year 2012 in a right footing having performed better in the first quarter of 2012 than it did in the first quarter of the year 2011.

"In the first quarter of the year 2012, our quarterly government target is N909 billion and the Service collected N1.17 trillion for the same period. This is better than last year's first quarter performance of N955 billion and 29 percent over and above government target for the year. 
But there is an interesting twist to this, while Petroleum Profit Tax contributed about 72 percent of the total collection, compared with the target set by the Service, we fell short by over N10 billion. The total target set by the Service in 2012 is N5.085 trillion, hence on quarterly basis, this translates to about N1.27 trillion".
He urged the Management of the Service to up the ante to ensure that the progressive history of tax revenue collection by FIRS over the years does not drop.
Earlier, the Coordinating Director, Field Operations Group (FOG), Mr. Samuel Ogungbesan, in his presentation, encouraged the staff and management of the Service to embrace ongoing restructuring in the Service and the restructuring was in the interest of the nation's economy.
"The current restructuring which was done along taxpayer segmentation is aimed at growing the taxpayers, thereby enhancing effective monitoring and coverage at the same time as well as allowing for better focus on each segment so that their specific needs can be understood and addressed", Ogungbesan said. s

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