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Anambra set to digitise tax collection to increase IGR

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

The Anambra state government in collaboration with Anambra State Internal Revenue Service and Joint Tax Board, have concluded plans to assign a unique Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to all tax payers to ensure transparency and increase internally generated revenue of the state.

Orient Weekend gathered that the new National Taxpayer Identification Number Registration System is a robust application development to assign taxpayer identification number to all potential taxpayers.

This was disclosed during the flag-off of the new National Taxpayer Identification Number Registration System, the Consolidated Taxpayers’ Database in the South East region, last Thursday.

The event, held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, also featured the launch of Anambra Stamp Duties Office and Revenue Stamps, aimed at eliminating all illegal tax collectors in the state to boost IGR.

In a remark, the chairman, Joint Tax Board, (JTB), Mr. Tunde Fowler, said oil in Nigeria cannot provide required revenue to sustain the economy, while remarking that “the future of our dear country is in our hands and we must not depend on foreign donors to develop it”.

The chairman, who averred that people naturally are indifferent about paying taxes, said the new initiative would further spur them to comply, while noting that it was user-friendly and convenient for both tax payers and administrators.

He said that Anambra was selected as a pilot state in the south east due to the presence of huge commercial hubs in the state, stating that the initiative would reduce stress and cost of tax collection. He said through the unique identification number, the tax payer can track, view, retrieve and update his taxes from any location.

Disclosing that N42.9 billion tax revenue had been reported for half year in the south east, and added that with adequate implementation of the new tax payment system, there would be more revenue generation.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary (JTB), Oseni Elamah, said the overall purpose of the initiative is to ensure that domestic tax payers meet up with the demands of tax paying to foster rapid development of the region and country in general.

Elamah said the system would help to ensure increased wealth base of the state, as well as provides a veritable platform to record accurately and maintain transparency in revenue generation.

Describing the project as both innovative and inspiring, the executive secretary said that through the its effective implementation in the state, the state would double its revenue projection.

He thanked the state government for keying into the initiative and called for concerted efforts to fully implement the new tax collection system in the state to achieve economic growth and development.

The Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said the state would provide conducive environment to implement the initiative, noting further that provision of business-friendly environment remains the vision of his administration.

Obiano said that the state is willing to change its manual ways of collecting revenues to electronic means, stressing that it would further help to eliminate leakages and improve the integrity of tax collections.

He, therefore, urged citizens to ensure that they pay their taxes so that the state would continue to provide social such as good roads, education, health facilities and other infrastructures. This, he said, would bring about qualitative development.

Also, in his remark, the executive chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Dr. David Nzekwu, noted that it was a privilege for the state to lead the implementation of the new National Taxpayer Identification Number Registration System, urging Anambrarians to key into the initiative.

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