By Jovitta Iorshase
The Benue Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) has put in place measures to reduce tax leakages. The measures are: E-Tax service which would ensure tax payers’ registration, processing of tax clearance certificate, filing of returns and payment of taxes online.
Mr. Terkula Ati, the Media Aide to the BIRS Chairman, disclosed this in a chat with The Voice. He said the service has also extended the filing of annual returns for individuals in business from 31st March – 31st May, 2020.
According to him, the service considered the Lock down challenges and has granted exception to tax payers that are unable to file their objection to tax assessment within the statutory period.
Mr. Ati further explained that, considering the perceived impact of the economic downturn on the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due to skeletal business services and a fall in the country’s oil revenue, the service has decided to explore more opportunities of generating revenue, including the erstwhile dormant sources such as presumptive tax in the informal sector and hiring of government facilities in the state.
He added that, BIRS has also resolved to enforce the use of the single Treasury Account (STA) in order to prevent any leakage while intensifying tax audit in various organizations.
Meanwhile, the Benue Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) Task Force on Illegal Tax Activities has impounded a trailer whose owner was attempting to evade tax.
The Task force alongside the police impounded the trailer with Registration number XG 165 JJN on the 26th April 2020 loaded with Madrid wood in Ikyogen, Kwande Local government Area at Mkovur Ipav, Gboko Local government Area.
The Task force also arrested Mr. Aondona Iorhemba and Teryila Ako on the same day at Tse Agunde near General Hospital Gboko, for operating an illegal revenue collection point with a Honda motorcycle in their possession.
Mr. Ati, who confirmed the story added that, the suspects and the impounded trailer have been handed over to the police for prosecution and further investigation.