By Frances Nwabufoe
Onitsha, April 18,
2019 (MOI) Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (ASIRS) has commenced
quarterly review meetings, aimed at reviewing the performances of Tax officers
in various Tax offices across the state.
All tax offices have
been grouped under the three Senatorial zones of the state – North, Central and
The first meeting
that commenced on April 16 was a review of performances of Anambra North, held
at Anambra North Senatorial Zonal Tax Office, Onitsha.
The exercise termed,
``Business Review Meeting’’, carried out quarterly in the three Senatorial
zones to review the performances of the office and staff set essentially, at
evaluating their monthly targets.
Chairman ASIRS, Dr
David Nzekwu explained that tax collection was result-oriented service, and
that team leadership was service-oriented; tax officers should put in their
best for positive results.
``Every person should
understand that revenue is authority. Tax officers should utilise that authority
to get taxpayers to pay.
``Anyone who fails to
pay after being assessed should be referred to the Legal Department for
prosecution,’’ he stressed.
He re-assured them to
go out and work, as anyone assaulting tax officers would be dealt with
according to the law.
Head, Assessment and
Collection Department, Mr Herbert Ofomata added that the meetings would be for
experience-sharing, training and learning for the staff.
He urged the officers
to reach out to tax payers, educating and enlightening where necessary.
Anambra North Zonal
Tax Authority, Mrs Chinwe Odua noted that although her zone could not meet up
with the target given to them, the staff made efforts to get some tax payers to
She pledged that they
hope to make remarkable improvements by the second quarter.
performances were displayed on the projector and each staff was called upon to
defend their monthly collections.
The staff that lagged
behind were cautioned by the chairman.
They had appealed for
provision of logistics, proper working environment and signage at each office
for effective assessment and collection.
The Tax offices under
Anambra North Senatorial zone include Atani, Fegge, Federal
Housing, Government Reserved Area (GRA), Nteje, Okpoko 1, Omagba,
Shoprite, Woliwo, Otuocha and Zonal Tax offices.
The next two days
would be devoted to Anambra South and Anambra Central respectively and would
continue in the same pattern for the remaining quarters of the year.