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AIRS begins integrated billing system with mobile distribution of harmonised bills



IN its bid to increase the state government revenue drive, besides weeding out touts and unauthorized individuals or group of cartels masquerading themselves as government agencies in revenue collection, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS) has launched a new automated billing system of revenue collection in the state.

  Chairman of AIRS, David Nzekwu said the Integrated Billing System was an innovation that harmonises all bills, which includes ASWAMA, Business Premises, ANSAA, Fire Service Compliance bill etc into one.

  The mobile distribution of the harmonised bill will help the taxpayers in Anambra state to pay their bills directly into the state government account. This will also help the government and the taxpayer to ease their burden while paying their bills.

  “The mobile distribution of the harmonised bills will help taxpayers in Anambra State to pay their bills directly into government accounts. It will help to prevent issues of over taxation, double taxation and efforts of revenue fraudsters, who want to extort from unsuspecting taxpayers, especially now that the world is experiencing COVID-19 pandemic.

  The Integrated Billing System adopted by Anambra State Internal Revenue Service comes with a code for particular revenue to be paid for,” he said.

  He, then, appealed to residents and people of the state to support the new innovation and revenue officers carrying out mobile distribution of the integrated bills in the state.

  The exercise kicked off at Orpet Carwash in Awka, the state capital, with registration and distribution of integrated bills. Speaking with National Light after being registered and issued with his harmonised bill, the Executive Director of the carwash, Mr. Chukwunwike Ezenwa described the exercise as laudable one, owing to its enormous benefits.

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  He said, “Before this exercise, I have been paying my tax. The initiative will benefit both individuals and the government. So I encourage others to participate fully in it.”

  The exercise which was joined by staff of ASWAMA, ANSAA and other government agencies, was also witnessed by the head, Taxpayers Education and Enlightenment Team (TEET), Mrs. Sylvia Tochukwu-Ngige, the Coordinator, Community Revenue Officer, Anambra Central, Mr. Sylvester Uzo, among others.

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