Nigeria’s apex tax authority, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has announced that taxpayers can now acquire their Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) with a single click via its maiden Taxpro Max solution.
The latest development was announced through a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Johannes Wojuola on Monday.
The TaxPro Max, a tax administration solution introduced by the apex tax authority in June 2021 is a one-stop-shop for taxpayer registration, tax returns filing, tax payment, tax clearance certificate requesting, among other functionalities.
The Tax Authority made this announcement on Tuesday via its social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where it stated that the generation of Tax Clearance Certificates, which used to be issued within a period of two weeks would now be available on a single click by the taxpayer.
This innovation is coming on the heels of wide-scale technological reforms that the Service has embarked on in its bid to achieve hundred percent automation of its tax administration functions.
Commenting on this development, the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami explained that this functionality was in line with the objectives of the Service to make the lives of taxpayers easier and ensure the ease of doing business in the country.
“One of our objectives as a Service is to build a Customer-Centric institution,” he stated.
“That means an institution that has the customer at the heart of its innovations and solutions. It is for this reason that we have tuned the operations of our TaxPro Max solution to be able to deliver Tax Clearance Certificates in the shortest possible time to taxpayers. At the click of a button, a taxpayer will get their Tax Clearance Certificates, as long as they have no outstanding liabilities.
“This would impact in no small measure on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria,” Mr. Nami stated.
Mr. Nami continued, saying that the taxpayer could only generate their Tax Clearance Certificates on the TaxPro Max platform if they had no outstanding liabilities among other requirements established for using the platform.
The Head of FIRS stated that this innovation was intended to thank taxpayers for their confidence in and contributions to the advancement of the country and that the Service would continue to create creative solutions to improve the lives of taxpayers.
He also used the opportunity to wish all taxpayers in the country a happy and prosperous new year, urging them to continue to trust the government to serve their interests, as the taxes paid by them directly and indirectly are what Government at the three tiers continue to use to fund social amenities, secure life and properties of the citizenries and provide critical national infrastructures including schools, hospitals, roads, among others.
Mr Nami also implored governments at all levels to continue to give taxpayers value for their money.