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Coronavirus: FIRS unveils automated system to plug funding gaps

As the corona virus pandemic cripples the global economic system with dire consequences for fiscal planning by all countries of the world, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has moved to mitigate the effects of these unforeseen global challenge on the Nigerian economy.

Consequently, the FIRS has unveiled a new electronic and automated platform for taxpayers to file transfer pricing declaration and disclosures in Nigeria and block leakage in tax collection, especially the Stamp Duty collected by banks across the country.

Unveiling the electronic solution platform in Lagos before bank executives and other stakeholders in the tax sector, Executive Chairman, FIRS, Muhammad Nami, stated that the Service is deploying the automated platforms to ensure 100% compliance and tasked the banks to get fully prepared for the adoption of the new compliance programme as failure to comply is not an option.

“The need for total compliance and aggressive revenue drive is imperative now in view of the recent crash of oil price from $50 to $29 which will definitely affect our collection from the Petroleum Profit Tax.

Similarly, the outbreak of the Coronavirus has occasioned a global economic meltdown with serious consequences to our economy. You will recall that recently about Fifty Nigerian oil bearing trucks could not discharge crude oil to buyers because of this Coronavirus pandemic. This has the combined effect of reducing government revenue target and, subsequently, the provision of infrastructures and social amenities.

We earnestly need to shore up against the looming economic meltdown. It is on this note that I solicit your cooperation and understanding in the drive to use automation to rev up our revenue so that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari will be able to deliver on its mandate,” Nami said.


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