Nigeria: JTB Plans E-Registration for Taxpayers

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As the Joint Tax board get set to commance the e-registration of tax payers, one state from each geo-political zone would participate in the pilot scheme.

This was disclosed by the JTB Secretary, Alhaji Lawal Abubakar when the committee paid a courtesy call on the emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu at the week-end. The secretary revealed that a state from each geo-political zone of the country would serve as a pilot to the exercise, and said that the states are Bauchi, Jigawa, Kwara, Delta, Abia and Oyo.

The responsibility of the board Abubakar noted was to advice government on tax administration as well as to generate more revenue for its three tiers. This even as he said that it would also provide a comprehensive data base for all eligible tax payers. According to Abubakar, "the purpose of the project is to ensure that all taxable individuals was captured through electronic system which will include their names, place of residence and their 10 fingers prints must be captured for easy identification".

Abubakar further explained that other states would subsequently follow as that the selection was based on counter part funding which Bauchi happened to be the first to do so in the zone. He explained that the visit was to solicit for the Emir's support because of the important role traditional rulers play in enlightening their community, especially on an issue whch has to do with payments of tax.

Abubakar Lawal stressed that the states in conjunction with Federal Government agencies such as States Board of Internal Revenues, Federal Inland Revenue Services, National Bureau of Statistics, National Population, Federal Road Safety Commissions as well as the EFCC among others would serve as members of the steering committee.

In his remark the Emirs of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, commended the team for their effort to revive the tax system in the country.According to him, that tax collection would generate more revenue thereby bringing economic development to the people.