FG orders verification of tax clearance certificates
• MDAs to authenticate document before payment
The Federal Government yesterday issued a directive to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to verify all Tax Clearance Certificates
(TCCs) presented by companies and individuals engaged in public procurement processes.
In a statement, the Ministry of Finance said the validation of the certificates was a result of “the proliferation of forged TCCs purportedly issued prior to the automation of the certificates from 22nd August, 2017”, adding that the exercise would “enhance the integrity of the nation’s tax system.”
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in the circular directed that that MDAs should authenticate all TCCs prior to making any payment.
Electronic TCCs holders are to “log into the verification website: https//tcc.firs.gov.ng, click on ‘verify e-TCC’, enter the TCC number, complete the captcha and click on submit to view the TCC number entered.”
She further instructed that for the TCCs issued prior to the automated date, MDAs should “forward a list of the companies and photocopies of the TCCs to the office of the executive chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for authentication.” She said the authentication exercise would be carried out within 72 hours.
The minister, who noted that the now-outdated manual system of issuing TCC and verifying the certificates gave rise to the production of forged TCCs, reminded directors of companies that “possession of forged TCCs is an offence.”
Adeosun said companies and individuals in doubt of the authenticity of their TCCs should “take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to regularize.”
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