Revenue Agency Introduces Electronic Tax Certificate To Curb Fraud

Chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler
Chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler

The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has said that all is set for the introduction of an electronic Tax Clearance Certificate, TCC, system as part of efforts to curb incidences of fraudulent certificates.

Director of ICT at the FIRS, Kola Okunola, said this during a presentation at a training programme in Abuja on Thursday.

Okunola said preparations for the take-off of the exercise have reached advanced stage, adding that the implementation should begin in few weeks.

He said: “TCC will be out in the next four weeks. It will provide an e-repository of all TCCs issued by FIRS.

“It will enable FIRS Staff and authorised third parties to verify tax clearance certificates, thereby reducing the incidence of fraudulent certificates.

“It automatically sends Tax Clearance Certificates to the emails of taxpayers and also enables them to request for and print their TCCs online.”

Okunola said that the FIRS has also commenced modalities for implementation of a robust Valued Added Tax, VAT automation mechanism for power, telecommunications, e-commerce, financial services, oil and  gas, insurance, major hotels, malls and hospitality sectors.

He explained that VAT automation in the sectors will help ensure transparency of tax remittance within the industry as well as help block leakages.

The FIRS ICT director added that management of the Service “is currently adding additional payment gateway channels such as e-Transact to help expand the scope and widen the tax net.”

He also disclosed that a Federal Enlightenment and Engagement Tax Team, FEETT, has been established which will be responsible for public sensitization and education in order to make Nigerian taxpayers aware of their tax obligations and rights.

Okunola also said that the FIRS has installed customised digital signage in Large Tax Offices across the country to enhance taxpayers enlightenment as part of the efforts geared towards continuous taxpayer education.