Communiqué Issued at the end of the 131st Meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) held on 24th June, 2015

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The JTB held its 131stMeeting on the 24th June, 2015 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja with the theme: "Promoting Compliance through Meaningful Engagements among the States".
The Board discussed and raised concerns over the low turnout of individuals for registration under the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) platform.  It was observed that no remarkable progress has been made in the registration exercise which involved biometric data capture of individuals who are taxable through the Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and self-Assessment Schemes.  The Board also resolved that tax authorities should reach out to relevant Agencies of Government through collaborative efforts towards enhancing the process of TIN registration nationwide.  It was therefore, decided:
1.    thatarrangements be made to carryout mass registrationof employees in the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the country to accelerate the process of building electronic taxpayers database under the TIN platform.  This approach is necessary in order to facilitate the use of TIN as a means of identifying staff whose salaries are paid under the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) payment platform in the office of Accountant of the    Federation.  Similarly, States Government Employees are expected to be registered at various tax offices and designated locations nearest to them.
2.    that Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and State Boards of Internal Revenue (SBIRs) should make TIN a mandatory requirement field for the issuance of Driver’s Licence and sale of Number Plates to motorists respectively.
3.    that commercial banks should enforce the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’sdirective on TIN as a mandatory requirement for operations of bank  accounts.
4.    that the JTB should pursue cooperation with agencies of Government such as the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) which are already having personal information about individuals, in order to ensure seamless transfer of such information from their respective databases to the JTB/TIN platform.
5.    that the States that are yet to submit records of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collections for 2013 and 2014 financial years to JTB should do so not later than 30th July, 2015.  It was noted also that tax collections from the States is an important component for the calculation of tax/GDP ratio.

Year of Meeting: 
Thursday, August 13, 2015