By Abuchi Onwumelu
Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS) has announced its plans to capture and enroll all taxable adults in Anambra State into distinctive revenue accounts to transform revenue collection and payments.
The Executive Chairman of AIRS, Dr. David Nzekwu who stated this during a One-day ‘Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)
Technology Integration’ workshop held at Revenue House, Awka, said the exercise would provide a simple system where taxes accrued to the state could be paid from any location within and outside the state.
He explained that the exercise would help to maximize revenue due the Anambra state and bear down on avoidance and evasion as much as possible.
Dr. Nzekwu maintained that the era of designing and delivery of professional and efficient system would enable AIRS reach out to every potential taxpayer in Anambra State.
Contributing, Mr. Victor Okere of Anambra Economic Think Tank (ANETT) identified untruthfulness on the part of some IGR collectors, lack of tollgate structure and difficulties in identifying taxpayers as problems affecting revenue collection in Anambra State.
Mr. Okere noted that the solution to the problems was to have a technology-driven transparent system that would serve as a repository and single point of truth for all revenue windows in Anambra State.
For her part, the Head of Taxpayer Education and Enlightement Team (TEET), Sylvia Tochukwu-Ngige, assured the agency would continue to work towards improving the revenue profile of the state.