Towards ensuring effective and efficient service delivery in revenue collection, the Ogun State Government has declared that the payment method for the Internal Revenue Service and its 34 tax stations across the State would be digitalized, as the agency is undergoing transformation.
The Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo who disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists in his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta noted that the transformation would not only be limited to organizational structure, but would include Web/Online payment, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data code (USSD), use of Point of Sales (POS) and use of Cards.
He said the diversification was necessary to create convenient payment methods for tax payers in the comfort of their homes, while also availing them the opportunity to do direct assessment without interference from anybody.
“We are proposing several strategies such as good location and designation of revenue desks, payment platforms is also being diversified; as tax collection now is largely through banks. In this age, we need to leverage on technology to make it convenient for tax payers”, he said.
Okuboyejo also revealed the desire of government to automate tax audit management system, which had been managed manually over the years, noting that the present administration was rebuilding the entire tax audit process, to ensure its effectiveness.
“We have done some reforms in the Bureau of Lands and Survey as well, and we are looking at some schemes that will improve land administration in the State. Government is very keen on the Ease-of-Doing-Business ranking, to reduce the number of days it takes to process Certificates of Occupancy, while enabling a very transparent means of payment for land transactions. Promotion and schemes to advance sale of land and its ultimate use, especially for commercial purposes is also being pursued”, he added.
“With the introduction of SMEs Land Acquisition Scheme (SLAS), we believe there will be an upsurge in economic activities within the State and at the same time, create a hub that will improve the value of properties around the areas, where these businesses are located. So we are selling lands for commercial and business purposes, especially SMEs”, he said.