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FIRS target 100% automation of tax processes

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), is targeting to achieve 100% automation of all its tax administration processes, to block revenue leakages and enhance revenue generation in Nigeria.

The Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this while speaking as the Special Guest at the Pedabo 2022 Annual Public Private Sector Engagement, on Tuesday.

Soliciting the cooperation of Nigerians to achieve this, he noted that by virtue of the amendment to Section 25 of the FIRS (Establishment) Act, in the 2021 Finance Act, any person who fails to grant the Service access to its information technology systems to connect to its automated tax administration solution is liable to penalties under the law.

In a statement signed by Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola, Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman, (Media & Communication), Nami was quoted: “We will seek to achieve 100 per cent automation of all our tax administration processes, which will block revenue leakages and revolutionize revenue generation in the country.

“We expect your full cooperation in this regard. Considering that by the amendment to Section 25 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act in the 2021 Finance Act (through Section 18 of the 2021 Finance Act), any person who fails to grant the Service access to its information technology systems to connect to its automated tax administration solution is liable to penalties under the law.”

Nami informed that in the year 2021, the Service had leveraged the amendments to its Establishment Act to embark on “a major infrastructure overhaul, focusing on the deployment of technology for the automation of its processes and procedures.”

The process enabled it to deploy its home-grown integrated tax administration system, TaxPro Max.

In the current fiscal year, he said the FIRS will give priority to the collection of taxes from the digital economy, while also deploying technological tools in assessing entities that fall within the Significant Economic Presence (SEP) threshold and relevant turnover generated from Nigeria.

“With the amendment of Section 10 of the VAT Act by the Finance Act 2021, we will implement the published Guidelines on the Simplified Compliance Regime on VAT for Non-Resident Suppliers, to collect VAT on digital supply of services and intangibles to Nigeria,” he added.

…in the 2021 Finance Act (through Section 18 of the 2021 Finance Act), any person who fails to grant the Service access to its information technology systems to connect to its automated tax administration solution is liable to penalties under the law.

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