June 23, 2021

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FIRS gets online portal to check fake tax certificates

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Headquarters, Abuja

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Headquarters, Abuja

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) deploys online portal to address fake Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) issued by fraudsters.

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has deployed an online portal to address fake Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) issued by fraudsters.

Dr Abdullahi Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of FIRS, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.

Ahmad said the effort was part of measures to check the activities of fraudsters who specialise in producing and selling fake TCC.

He explained that it had unveiled a state-of-the-art and user-friendly online portal that detects any TCC not duly issued by the FIRS.

Ahmad quoted the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Muhammad Nami, as saying this in Abuja, while receiving the management of the Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) Land Administration.

Nami said: “We are not unmindful of the activities of fraudsters who specialise in producing and selling fake TCCs to tax evaders.

“The FIRS has now gone ahead of them as it has launched an online portal through which Ministries, Departments and Agencies, corporates and individuals could confirm the genuineness of TCCs issued to them.

“The moment anyone presents a TCC to transact any business with you, we want you to visit www.tcc.firs.gov.ng.

“The moment you put the Taxpayer Identification Number of the company, its RC number and the name of the company in the portal, the actual Tax Clearance Certificate of the company.

“If it has any, will come up. If the TCC presented to you is fake, you will know. When you come across such cases, you should immediately inform us so that we prosecute such people.

“The only way we can collaborate as government agencies is to share information,” he said.

The Chairman urged the FCTA Land Administration authorities and other public and private organisations to henceforth fact-check any TCC presented to them before transacting any business.

Nami also enjoined the FCTA Land Administration management to make it mandatory for anyone registering any property in Abuja to present a TCC.

According to him, it is by so doing that the revenue profile of the government will increase and be enough to support the developmental needs of the government at all levels.

In his remarks, Director of FCTA Land Administration, Adamu Hussaini, who led the delegation expressed willingness to collaborate with the FIRS.

Hussain said their areas of interest were on Capital Gains Tax and Stamp Duties for properties in the Federal Capital Territory. (NAN)

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