Makurdi — The Benue Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) has announced new measures for tax remittances and other processes in taxation in the face of COVID-19.
Chairman of BIRS, Andrew Ayabam, in a statement in Makurdi said that the new measures were intended to mitigate against the effect of COVID-19 on tax payers in the state.
He said the tax agency was aware that it would be difficult for taxpayers to engage in physical or manual tax process, in view of coronavirus protocols and therefore, fully digitalised its tax processes.
The board chairman added that the digitalised tax processes include, Electronic Taxpayer Registration, Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC), Electronic Filing of Returns and Electronic Payment of taxes.
He also announced the extension of time for filing of annual returns for individuals in business between March 31, 2020 and May 31, 2020.
"BIRS has provided dedicated e-mails addresses to be used by taxpayers and tax practitioners during this period.
"The Service has considered the lockdown period and granted exception to taxpayers that are unable to file their objection to tax assessment within the statutory period," he stated.
Ayabam further disclosed that the governor has granted a waiver of 50 percent on land rated fees and charges, adding that the tax agency was engaged in an online sensitisation campaign of taxpayers on the importance of the use of e-platforms for transactions.