Tax practitioners urged to uphold tenets of profession
Considering the challenging environment within which it operates, tax practitioners have been urged to enhance the respect, admiration and good name of the institute with honesty and integrity for effective service delivery.
Noting that one of the ways to build an outstanding career in the profession of taxation is through impeccable professional behaviour, the practitioners were further admonished to adhere to tenets of the profession, which would help foster an atmosphere of civility in the polity.
The Chairman, Membership and Professional Conduct Committee, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Simon Kato stated this in his welcome address at the presentation of practicing licence certificates to members in Lagos.
While congratulating them on the achievement, he urged them to stay up to date on tax matters by attending the institute’s training programmes, seminar, annual tax conference and other stakeholders’ workshop from time to time.
Earlier in his remark, the President of CITN, Dr. Cyril Ede also urged the newly licenced members to be professional in their dealings with clients and not engage in acts that could tarnish the image of the institute.
He said the council would continue to adopt strategies towards improving the quality of services it offers to stakeholders through contributions to policy issues and advocacy activities within the Nigerian tax system.
Ede said: “As professionals, we should be aware of government policies, changes in tax laws, in order to be in a position to offer professional advice to our clients. “Council is continually making efforts towards ensuring the Mandatory Professional Training Programme (MPTP) and indeed all our programmes meets the expectation of members, especially in terms of programme context, content and delivery.”
Vice President, CITN, Mrs. Gladys Simplice, implored them to ensure they participate and contribute their quota as licensed members of the institute to national development.She also urged them to update their financial record, threatening that those, who have not paid their dues in the last three years would be delisted.