FIRS operational, continues tax collection in economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said it is much open to tax collection in spite of the partial shutdown of many businesses and companies in the Nigerian economy.

“All FIRS offices nationwide are open to the taxpayers,” The Guardian reports that FIRS said in an internal circular.

FIRS, however, said its member of staff would be alternated to prevent a total shutdown in “view of its peculiar role in the economy, and to ensure that the level of the current collection does not degenerate further.”

It is recalled that the Federal Government Monday, March 23 asked all its non-essential workers on Grade Level 12 and below to work from home until further notice as authorities intensify efforts at curtailing the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

“As a further step to check the spread of COVID-19, all non-essential public servants on grade level 12 and below are to stay and work from home with effect from Tuesday, March 24 until further notice,” Mrs. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, said in a statement.

“All other categories of officers, who will be at work, are strongly advised to follow the measures being put in place by the government to curtail the spread of the pandemic, “ Yemi-Esan said.

Since the increasing rise of the global pandemic in Nigeria, the government has announced a number of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus, including placing a ban on 15 countries with a high prevalence of the virus.

Nigeria also suspended its visa on arrival policy same day.

Similarly, the Nigerian Government Saturday, March 21 closed all its airports to international flights.

The federal and other state governments also closed down all school including tertiary institutions in the country to prevent further spread of the virus.

Nigeria thus far has recorded 46 cases of Coronavirus, two of which have been discharged after recovery and a death.

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