Rivers State has reacted to its low ranking on the Ease of Doing Business by launching two policy actions in the form of tax management cards that may eliminate multiple taxes.
The governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on Monday, March 26, 2018, thus flagged off the Rivers State Tax Management (RIVTAMIS) and the Rivers State Tax Identification Number (RIVTIN).
The governor received the First RIVTIN Card from the Executive Chairman of Rivers State Internal Revenue Service, Adoage Norteh.
Speaking at the flag-off of RIVTAMIS and RIVTIN, Gov Wike said that the innovations were part of his administration’s commitment to entrenching platforms for the ease of doing business.
He said that the new tax reform packages will identify all formal and informal businesses in the state, noting that the details would help the state government plan for development.
According to the governor, with the digital platforms, tax payments can be made from anywhere. He said: “From First April 2018, all businesses are required to obtain their RIVTIN to pay taxes, levies and fines to the Rivers State Government. All banks have been mobilised to generate RIVTIN for all those who want to make payments to the Rivers State Government. Any business that fails to comply by June 1, 2018 will be appropriately sanctioned “.
The chairman, Norteh, said the tax place has been sanitised to check multiple taxes.
He said that the process would facilitate the tax payment process, enhance self-service and improve the revenue of the state. “Right from the comfort of your office, you can obtain your tax clearance certificate and tax exemption”.
The chairman said that the tax payer has a duty to reciprocate the tax friendliness of the state government.
President of Port Harcourt Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Industry, Emi Membere-Otaji, said that the business community was pleased by the innovations that have eliminated multiple taxes.
Spokesman of Heritage Bank, FB Briggs, assured the state government that banks would cooperate to ensure that the programme succeeds.
Highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of RIVTIN to Governor Wike and selected Commissioners and Special Advisers