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FIRS, MDAs partner to simplify tax remittances in Ogun state

To further simplify tax remittances, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has collaborated with the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government on Thursday at Oba’s conference Hall Oke Mosan,Abeokuta in Ogun state.

This deal is also aimed at strengthening tax administration through a software TaxPro-Max which empowers individuals and government agencies of new way and new solution for filing tax returns in Nigeria.

The platform which is for private sector and government agencies has been integrated with the e-filling solution to automate tax filing, enable easy registration, ease tax payments as well as provide a single-view of transaction records.

Tax Payers/MDAs can register online through a visit to the FIRS tax website and sign on to TaxPro Max

The training is expected to promote digitalization of tax administration in Nigeria. FIRS Director in charge of Oyo, Ogun and Osun, Mr. Nureni Fashola stated, he noted that in fulfilling the FIRS’s promise, the Organization will continue to meet the needs of individuals, businesses and governments.

In his welcome address, Tax Controller, Mr. Kolawole Olulekan, warned that Nigeria could be facing a fiscal crisis if it doesn’t improve its ability to collect taxes. He said Nigeria needs to urgently maximize her revenue generation potentials in other to compete among her peers.

“During the FAAC meeting recently, the total amount shared among the three tiers of government – federal, states and local

“only 50 per cent came from revenue generating-agencies like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

“The remaining 50 per cent, which is almost came from tax revenues paid by the various tax payers, including stamp duty,” Mr Kolawole said.

“MDA’s are major player and stakeholders in Nigeria economy”
He noted that Over the past decade, there has been a strong global move towards digitalization. Most sectors are gravitating towards improving and transforming their business operations. Business functions and business processes are leveraging technology solutions to expand the use and context of digitized data. In most economies, tax authorities have also harnessed the benefits of digitalization and enhanced revenue collection through seamless adoption of technology.

Earlier in his goodwill message, the Chairman, Ogun state internal Revenue service OGIRS, Mr. Idowu Michael urged Nigerians and corporate organizations in the country to continue to fulfill their obligations by paying their taxes as and when due.

“What the federal, states and local governments share at the monthly federation accounts allocation committee (FAAC) meetings comes from the taxes paid,” the OGIRS Chairman said.

Without the tax money, Mr Idowu said there would be chaos and confusion everywhere in the country, as there would not be sufficient money to finance public projects.

One of the facilitators, Mr Adebowale introduced Tax Pro Max to the Participants, he added that one of the benefits of using TaxPro-Max, is the availability of multiple payment channels. if preferred, payers can also walk into a bank branch for their tax payments.

Other facilitator, the commissioner, Mr. Thomas introduced illustration on Stamp duty, he said the only way to ensure that Nigerians were happy with the government was to ensure that the deductions from people’s hard-earned income were remitted accordingly to government coffers.

At the end of the Sensitization Training/Workshop,Participants Mr. Adu Babatunde from one of the ministry in the state, Mrs Adeniyi, NNPC Sagamu, Mr Adeolu Oladidupo, Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun State, Mr. Omolade Olimide, Ogun state ministry of works and infastructure were allowed to give testimonies.

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