The Federal government through the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on Wednesday, went into partnership with the Benue state board of internal revenue service (BIRS), to boost revenue generation for the government.
Mrs. Mimi Adzape-Orubibi, Chairman Benue state board of internal revenue service told Naija News after a road show within Makurdi town that both organizations had gone into partnership and collaboration to share vital information to hold them stem incidents of tax evasion and under-declaration of taxable income.
According to her, the partnership and collaboration were to centre on information sharing, data collection, data sharing, and synergy that will help expose individuals, organizations and institutions who willfully evade tax by under-declaring or not declaring their taxable income.
“By this we are carrying everyone along and sounding it to individuals, organizations, including those in the tax business that it is no longer business as usual, the BIRS and the FIRS are synergising and sharing vital information on taxes hence there will be no room for those who are out to shortchange the system,” Azape expressed.
Mr. Bulus Rimamskep, the Tax controller of FIRS Makurdi office also told our correspondent that the partnership became necessary due to the fact that the BIRS cannot do it alone, just like the FIRS cannot also do it alone.
“When we join forces we will be able to achieve much. That is why the collaboration came up and it was inaugurated February 16, 2022.
“Already we have inter deployed desk officers in both organisations, with this there is no room for tax evasion as all the records of tax payers are in the offices of our organizations and we share such information.
“Aside sensitising the taxpayers, we want to see how we can bring in more people into the tax net because a lot of people are doing businesses here and are not aware that they are supposed to pay taxes,” he added.