“MY TAX AND I”: KW-IRS ENLIGHTENS ON COLLECTIONS IN MDAs OF KWARA STATE

The torch beam of the Tax Advocacy programme of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) was on the roles and functions of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on “My Tax and I” anchored by Head, Ministries Department and Unit Head, Outsourcing, Sefiyat Rasheed.

Did You Know?

 All Ministries, Departments and Agencies are integral parts in the collection of revenue and are considered as MDAs.

 Revenues collected at the MDAs as stipulated by law include Levies and Fees, Rent on Government Buildings, Rent on Land and others, Repayments, Earnings, Fine, Mining Rent, Sales, Licenses and Earnings from Parastatals etc.

 The collection of revenue from the MDAs involves six steps:

i.     Assessment is being raised/Demand Notice is issued
ii.     Reminders are served. Follow up is made to the point of pay
iii. Payment is made
iv. Teller/proof of payment is presented to the revenue staff
v.      Teller/proof of payment is confirmed
vi. Receipt is issued

 KW-IRS has improved and made collection easier in the MDAs through its introduction of the e-payment platform where payment could be made from the comfort of taxpayers’ homes or offices. Automated collection processes for different Ministries are in place in Kwara State.

 Automation of collection has greatly increased the revenue growth of the State and helped to block some revenue leakages prevalent before the automation processes.

 Members of staff in Ministries across Kwara are integral part of the collection process. In most cases, revenue collection is attributable to the performance of their own core job functions. KW-IRS assists in developing strategies for generation of revenue and has the sole mandate to collect revenue across the various MDAs.

 Synergy between the MDAs and KW-IRS has contributed greatly to improved IGR generation for the State. There is collaboration in ensuring correct assessments and payment and to some extent, this has helped blockage of revenue leakages, just as the acceptance of automation has assisted greatly. With complete automation of all processes of collection and elimination of all manual processes, leakages will be almost non-existent.

 Although KW-IRS collects all revenue on behalf of the State, the Service has the duty of giving comprehensive weekly, monthly and annual collection reports to all the concerned MDAs of the State.

 KW-IRS has TWO (2) types of revenue collection processes:
i. Direct collection: KW-IRS staff collects revenue directly through deployment of revenue officers to man various revenue/service points and they do the collections.
ii. Outsourcing: KW-IRS engages consultants to drive some revenue collections in the MDAs ONLY.

 Taxpayers are enjoined to transact directly with the official revenue officers at the various KW-IRS offices and payment points situated across the State and ensure all payments are receipted accordingly.

 All revenue payments are to be made into the Kwara State Government IGR Accounts through the online payment platforms provided by the State. That is REMITA, QUICKTELLER, PAYARENA and others to be communicated in due course.

 The harmonized collection was introduced as an approach to effective collection by and for the State. This tool is being used in collection of revenue meant strictly for the State and for few collectibles of the Local Government as agreed with the LGAs. These collectibles on behalf of LGAs are reported and remitted accordingly at the end of each month. Such collections include Tenement rate, Radio License, Citizenship etc.

 All correspondence for Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) are to be addressed as and only to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, 27, Ahmadu Bello Way, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State for required attention.

 The Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS is on 27, Ahmadu Bello way, GRA, Ilorin.

 KW-IRS has physical offices in all the 16 Local Government Areas across Kwara State.

 KW-IRS COMMUNCATION CHANNELS include
Website:                 www.kw-irs.com
Customer Care line: 07006959477
Email:                helpdesk@kw-irs.com
Facebook:        KwaraIRS
Twitter:            @KwaraIRS
Instagram:    @kwirs

Signed
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS
16/08/2021

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