By Martin Iyonguvihi
Benue State Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, has installed Closed-Circuit Television, CCTV, cameras also known as video surveillance in all its inspection and monitoring points across the state to enhance security of staff and monitor tax collections.
This was disclosed Tuesday by the BIRS Acting Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Agema, during an interface with Zonal and Area Tax Officers to enhance effective revenue collection in the state.
A statement by the media assistant to the Chairman, Jacintha Benard disclosed that the chairman, who has taken measures to curtail the proliferation of fake receipts, also directed that the number plates of vehicles for which taxes are collected should always be input into the POS by tax agents before the print of receipts.
“The Chairman in his remarks appreciated the Tax officers for their hard work in ensuring that revenue is greatly generated for the state which is necessary for development”.
According to the statement, the chairman directed that, in addition to the other measures put in place to check the proliferation of fake receipts, all the tax agents should always input vehicles’ number plates on the POS before printing, emphasizing that any receipt without the number plate of the vehicle shall be sanctioned.
He also informed them of CCTV cameras that have been installed at all the inspection and monitoring points across the state to enhance security of staff and monitor tax collections at those areas and warned that the cameras must not be tempered with.
According to the statement, to enhance the proficiency of the ATOs, the Chairman has announced the scheduling of in-house training on Saturday 23rd September 2023 to be handled by some Directors and urged all to attend.