The Federal Inland Revenue Service has advised tax payers to pay tax at FIRS designated banks not to tax officers.
The Head, Communication and Servicom Department of the service, Wahab Gbadamosi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that FIRS tax officers did not collect cash and cheques from taxpayers.
Gbadamosi said the service only issued assessment notice to tax payers, adding that such notice could only be issued if a taxpayer had Taxpayer Identification Number.
He said the registration of TIN was free and advertisement on TIN had been ongoing in electronic and print media in the country.
He said: “Tax officers from FIRS do not collect cash and cheques from tax payers; taxpayers can only pay tax at any designated banks of FIRS.
“Any officer that comes to your office, shopping mall and business centres, please request for the staff Identification Card.
“If in doubt, contact any FIRS office and Tax Clearance Certificate for clarification.”
Gbadamosi said most of the shops and business owners did not even have TIN, adding that tax was based on income.
He said advertisement and jingles had been on going in the media since October 2015 to notify the general public on the service plans to commence nationwide Value Added Tax and Withholding Tax compliance check.
Gbadamosi said the objective of the exercise was to educate taxpayers on certain VAT and WHT issues, improve voluntary compliance, reduce tax arrears, boost revenue collection, identify tax evaders through third party transactions and gauge the level of taxpayers and FIRS relations.
According to him: “Tax officers will be in groups of at least three persons and will be identified with their FIRS identity cards conspicuously displayed on their persons.”