Electronic tax

FCT-IRS unveils electronic tax clearance to verify falsification

By Salisu Sani-Idris

The Federal Capital Territory Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has unveiled an Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (E-TCC) to control the activities of fraudsters who may tamper with such a document.

The Acting Executive Chairman of the Service, Mr. Haruna Abdullahi revealed this during his engagement with members of the House Public Accounts Committee at the National Assembly on Monday in Abuja.

Abdullahi explained that the E-TCC has strengthened the process thus making it difficult for anyone to falsify such a document due to the introduction of QR CODE.

He said the effort would help the Service not be harmed and increase CTF revenue.

The President said the E-TCC is a document issued by the tax authorities to certify that an individual or business has complied with the appropriate requirements set out by law within a stipulated time period, usually for the previous three years. .

Quoting Section 85 of the Personal Income Tax Act 2011, as amended, Abdullahi said: “Whenever the competent taxing authority is of the opinion that the tax assessed on the income of ‘a person for the three years immediately preceding the current tax year has been fully paid.

“Or that no tax is due on the income or that the person is not taxable for any of these three years, it delivers a tax receipt to him within fifteen days of the request for this certificate by this person or gives the reasons. for the refusal.

According to him, when issuing a tax clearance certificate, due diligence must be carried out to ensure that certain conditions have been met by the taxpayers and satisfied by the tax authority.

He stated that the application for E-TCC must be made and duly endorsed by the taxpayer and that the annual income statement form “A” and the three-year income statement form must also be duly completed and signed by the taxpayer.

The FCT-IRS boss also noted that personal emoluments which comprised wages or salaries, including allowances, in-kind benefits, gratuities, retirement or retirement plans and any other income derived solely as a result of the employment were declared.

Abdullahi pointed out that declared income should be verified, satisfied and evidence of such income should be established, while in-kind benefits should also be verified based on Section 4 of PITA 2011.

The President advised taxpayers to always strive to report their income accordingly with evidence satisfactory to tax officials, while due diligence would be carried out appropriately within the required time frame.

“It is evident that the issuance of the TCC is at the discretion of the Service in its justification based on the items listed in Section 31 of the FCT-IRS Act, 2015 and PITA, 2011 (as amended) may or may not issue a tax clearance certificate,” he added.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the House Public Accounts Committee, Mr. Oluwole Oke, urged the general public or taxpayers to report any violations of law regarding the issuance of TCCs to the management of the FCT-IRS.

Oke said the FCT-IRS should view the legislative arm as a collaborator, who would work to keep the service running smoothly.

“We will support you in any way to generate more revenue in the FCT, try to have a record of all people residing in Abuja, data is important, ask for a bank statement to know the actual tax to be collected.

“We will support the FCT-IRS and help the Service bring more people to the tax net,” he noted. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by John Amieyeofori/Sadiya Hamza