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Technology, key to sustained revenue collection – Nzekwu



ANAMBRA State Internal Revenue Service (AiRS) has announced its plans to end manual revenue collections as well as block all leakages in revenue generation.
The agency said it will henceforth capture and enroll all taxable adults in Anambra State into distinctive revenue accounts to transform revenue collection and payments.
The new revenue collection model would provide a simple system where taxes accrued to the state could be paid from any location within and outside the state.
The Executive Chairman of AIRS, Dr. David Nzekwu disclosed this development at a one-day ‘Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Technology Integration’ workshop held at the Revenue House Awka on Wednesday.
He explained that the introduction of more technological means of revenue collection would help to maximize revenue due to the state government as well as help in reducing avoidance and evasion of tax payments as much as possible.
Nzekwu however maintained that the new era of designing and delivery of professional and efficient system would enable AiRS reach out to every potential taxpayer in Anambra State.
Contributing, Mr. Victor Okere of Anambra Economic Think Tank (ANETT) identified fraudulent activities on the part of some IGR collectors, lack of tollgate structure and difficulties in identifying taxpayers as shortcomings in revenue derivation in Anambra State.
Okere however noted that the solution to the problems militating against revenue derivation in the state was to have a technologically-driven and transparent system that would serve as a repository and single point of truth for all revenue windows in Anambra State.

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