FCT-IRS unveils user-friendly e-portal to improve tax services, administration

The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has unveiled a user-friendly e-portal to improve the quality of tax services and promote efficient tax administration in the territory.

The acting Executive Chairman of the service, Mr. Haruna Abdullahi, explained at the event in Abuja on Tuesday that the platform would harmonise convenience, transparency, and accountability in tax administration.

Abdullahi, who was represented by Ms. Chinwe Ndu, acting director of the Tax Department, said that the platform was the IRS collection, receipting, assessment, and Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) platform.

He added that the platform heralded an era where taxpayers could navigate their obligations with ease and efficiency, all at the click of a button from the comfort of their homes or offices.

The FCT-IRS boss described the feat as a significant milestone in the journey toward revolutionising revenue management and collection.

He said that the e-portal harnesses the power of technology to enable both taxpayers and tax administrators to interact in a transparent, efficient, and user-friendly manner.

“The e-Portal stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to our mission to provide effective and efficient tax administration through continuous innovation.

“This platform will help us bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, propelling tax management further into the digital age.

“Whether you’re an individual taxpayer, a business owner, or a tax consultant, this platform has been meticulously designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

“Some of the features include the promotion of ease of doing business within the FCT, enhancement of accessibility to important tax-related services, and simplified and streamlined tax services, among other things,” Abdullai said.

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Unveiling the portal, Mr. James Olukotun, acting director of ICT, explained that the portal was a cloud-based application designed for tax collection, receipt, assessment, TCC management, filing of returns, registration, reporting, and all services of revenue management.

Olukotun added that the platform was embedded with a Revenue Management System portal and a self-service e-portal.

He explained that the RMS was designed for officers of FCT-IRS to, among other things, perform the functions of collection, registration, assessment, return filling, reporting, receipting, and TCC issuance.

He said that e-portal self-service, on the other hand, allowed both taxpayers and tax administrators to interact in a transparent, efficient, and user-friendly manner.

One of the technical partners of the service, Mr. Bosun Ayeni, Chief Executive Officer, Autocomm Services, said that all states were faced with the challenge of revenue generation and collection.

Ayeni pledged continued support to FCT-IRS in the use of technology solutions to boost revenue generation and collections with a view to serving the people better.

Similarly, Mr. Kumaiin Ikya, Deputy Director, Land Administration Department, FCT Administration, said there were existing gaps in revenue generation and collection.

Ikya expressed optimism that the FCT-IRS technology-driven approach would bridge the gaps, ensure efficient tax administration, and improve the delivery of services in FCT.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dashboard of the e-portal shows that the FCT-IRS has collected N1.6 billion this week and N1.9 billion so far in March.

The portal also shows that a total of 25.5 billion has been collected so far in 2024, with an average daily collection of N23.3 million.

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It further shows that the revenue service has a total of 1.5 million taxpayers in its tax net, out of which 392,737 are corporate taxpayers and 1.1 million are individuals. (NAN)

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