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Nigeria to empower tax system with GIS

Abuja, Nigeria: Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) collaborated with the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) to track properties which should be properly taxed, according to Alhaji Attah Abdullahi, Director of FIRS. In conversation with media during a workshop in Abuja, Abdullahi informed that the country is now set to evolve a new tax system, which will compel every Nigerian in the working group to pay tax, even as the new tax system has been designed to expose public officers who steal public funds

The new tax system will have links with every bank in Nigeria through a comprehensive computerisation process, making it possible for every account operated by either the government or private individuals to be monitored in the tax offices across the federation while information on lodgements would be available to the tax officers at the touch of a button.

The FIRS official said every registered business would henceforth be taxed, including transactions by importers, while Nigerians who had been evading taxes would now be compelled through the new system to pay.

Abdullahi said that the FIRS had recruited experts to operate the new tax system. The new recruited officials belong to banking sector, GSM experts, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), ICPC, Code of Conduct, the State Security Service (SSS) and different ministries.

He said every taxpayer would have a tax identification code, which would make tax evaders to be easily detected and the FIRS would create data on taxpayers both at the state and federal levels with the new tax system.

He disclosed also that while arrangements were on to roll out the new system, the proper operation would begin to take effect in the next two years.

He disclosed that the FIRS would be at liberty to implement the new tax system, having achieved financial autonomy, adding that the tax agency in Nigeria would be going into partnership with the EFCC, the ICPC and other anti-corruption agencies to this effect.

Source: www.tribune.com.ng