By Suswam Jacob Terhemba
The Executive Chairman, Benue State Internal Revenue Service, Chief (Mrs) Mimi Adzape-Orubibi has hailed the collaborative efforts between the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and BIRS, noting that it shall help in checkmating tax evasion and also widen the tax net.
The chairman stated this during the inauguration ceremony to begin the partnership between the two agencies at the conference hall of FIRS, makurdi.
Mrs. Orubibi noted that the synergy shall improve revenue generation for both agencies as a good number of individuals and organizations are not into any of the tax nets, adding that one audit triggered by either FIRS or BIRS will be a one stop shop for the other agency to follow up.
The revenue Boss pledged the readiness of BIRS in ensuring that partnership works.
Earlier in his opening remark, the Tax Controller, Benue State, Mr. Nuhu Bulus said in addition to the main objective of the collaboration which is to enhance revenue collection and expanding the tax net through information sharing.
According to him, their collaborative effort will also seeks to promote continuous taxpayers education and engagement to inform taxpayers about their rights and obligations under the tax laws that will promote voluntary tax compliance.
Mr. Bulus added that this shall foster cooperation between FIRS and BIRS that will see the two agencies carrying out joint tax operations for enforcement.
In their separate remarks, Mr. Sunday Odagba of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, Mr. Bishop Dzungwe of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, and Mrs. Shiva Rae Kondoun of the Society of Women in Taxation, SWIT, all commended the two agencies for coming together to work as a team for enhanced revenue collection.
They all pledged their support to aid and inform their members of the rare feat by the agencies .
The two agencies have since posted desk officers across themselves as part of the collaboration.