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FIRS Reveals How Some Tax Officials Are Engineering & Law Graduates

 

FIRS – How Tax Officials Are Engineering & Law Graduates

Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Muhammad Nami has said some staff of the parastatal are graduates of engineering, law and others.

 

He said this on Monday at a meeting with members of the Finance CommFIRS Reveals How Some Tax Officials Are Engineering & Law Graduatesittee of the House of Representatives.

“On assumption of duty, I discovered that about 1,139 staff were recruited and posted to tax offices across the country to administer tax matters without adequate training.

“Some of these people are graduates of engineering, law and other disciplines. They are not graduates of taxation”, Vanguard quoted Nami as saying.

“But they were posted to administer tax for the government. We have begun the process of training these people in tax administration, as a way of improving our operations.”

On Value Added Tax, VAT, Nami lamented that some companies were evading payment.

He accused them of hiding under the clause in the Finance Act, which exempt companies below a certain threshold from paying VAT.

FIRS - How Tax Officials Are Engineering & Law Graduates

Nami revealed that some companies now claimed that their capital base was less than N25 million.

FIRS – How Tax Officials Are Engineering & Law Graduates

HISTORY ABOUT FIRS

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was created in 1943. Prior to that time, its functions had been performed by the Inland Revenue Department of British West Africa.

The Board of Inland Revenue was created in 1958, and the service gained autonomy with the passing of the FIRS (Establishment) Act 13 of 2007.

In 2003, the Federal Government of Nigeria recognized that poor service delivery in the public sector had become an urgent national issue and undertook a series of steps that lead to the entering into a Service Compact (SERVICOM) with all Nigerians in March 2004.

This was followed by the creation of the SERVICOM office within the Presidency to ensure the entrenchment of excellent service delivery in the public sector in policy, programmes and practice. In line with the subsequent Presidential Mandate,  the FIRS created a unit in 2014 to institutionalize Service Delivery within the Service. This unit has undergone various transformations to meet the tempo of ever-changing FIRS organizational reforms and the needs of taxpaying public and stakeholders. In 2011 FIRS created a Taxpayer Service Department (TPSD) for enhanced focus on taxpayers as well as National Taxpayer Advocate position (in 2012) to ensure effective high-level advocacy for taxpayers.

 

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