Ogun to use ICT for N75bn revenue target

Temiloluwa O’Peters

The Ogun State Internal Revenue Service has said it would focus more on Information and Communication Technology automated driven processes of all its various tax activities in order to achieve the N75bn revenue target in 2021.

According to a statement made available by the state, the Executive Chairman, OGIRS, Anthony Olaleye, made this submission while defending the agency’s 2021 budget proposal before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation at Abeokuta.

Olaleye said all activities of the agency would be driven with the best technology in place, adding that its services to taxpayers would be enhanced.

He emphasised that the figure proposed for 2021 could only be achieved through information technology, where various tax activities are moved from manual processes to an automated driven process.

According to him, taxpayers and tax agents will be able to make payment at the comfort of their homes and offices, block leakages and increased revenue generation.

“We are focused on ICT automation; without that, this number is not achievable. You cannot be doing things the same way you have been doing it in the past and expect a change,” he said.

Olaleye added that the proposed N75bn IGR for 2021 would be generated from personal income tax, road taxes, capital gains tax, withholding tax, tax investigation, direct assessment, pool, betting and casino/games, motor vehicle licences, stamp duty among others.

-Punch

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