The Benue State Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) has announced new tax measures geared towards mitigating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on taxpayers in the state.
The Service’s Executive Chairman, Andrew Ayabam, said in a statement on Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 that the new measures are meant to mitigate against the effect of COVID-19 on taxpayers in the state.
The Chairman said BIRS is not unaware that it will be difficult for taxpayers to engage in physical or manual tax process, in view of COVID-19 protocols, hence the full digitization of its tax processes. He added that the digitalized tax processes include Electronic Taxpayer Registration, Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC), Electronic Filing of Returns and Electronic Payment of taxes.
He added that the tax agency has engaged in an online sensitization campaign for taxpayers on the importance of the use of e-platforms for transactions.
According to the Chairman, the Service has considered the lock-down period and granted exception to taxpayers that are unable to file their their objection to tax assessments with the statutory period.
The chairman also used the opportunity to announced the Executive Governor of Benue state has granted a 50% waiver on land rated fees and charges.