Abuja - The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Monday said plans had begun to create a Model Tax Payers Service Unit nationwide to strengthen relations between the tax authority and taxpayers.
Mr Moses Oppanike, Deputy Director, Registration, Returns, Filling and Processing Programme of FIRS, made this known at a workshop on business growth for Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in Abuja.
He said the unit would be equipped with adequate modern facilities and provided with the personnel to ease taxpayer’s compliance with tax obligations and provide technical assistance.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the workshop, the service distributed cash sales and purchases day books to business owners.
``These record books will assist companies, individuals and enterprises concerned to maintain standard records of business transactions to enable them to monitor business performance and trends.
The deputy director stressed that tax authorities and other government agencies were interested in both business performance and provision of necessary support to improve entrepreneurship.
In his comments, Mr Andy Ejemeyovwi, Coordinating Director, Standard and Compliance of FIRS, identified accessing finance and record keeping as the most pressing issues facing businesses in Nigeria.
He urged business owners to make record keeping a cardinal point to ensure that accessed funds were judiciously utilised.
Ejemeyovwi added that well run companies and enterprises would ensure that ``fair taxes are paid to the tax authority’’.