Effective Tax Mgmt: Joint Tax Board Seeks Collaboration With Customs
BY FUNMI ALUKO
In a bid to enhance effective tax management in Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Adesokan, the Secretary of the Joint Tax Board, paid a visit to the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, on January 16, 2023. The visit aimed at soliciting collaboration between the two entities on crucial matters, including system integration and the finalization of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Joint Tax Board.
During the meeting, Mr. Adesokan highlighted the need for a robust partnership between the Tax Board and Customs. The issues of system integration and the pending MOU between the two agencies were emphasized, with discussions touching on a proposed technical training session to strengthen the collaboration further.
Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders in achieving effective tax management. Stressing the collaborative imperative, he acknowledged that no entity can handle such matters in isolation. The CGC expressed his commitment to liaise with the Human Resources Department to explore the proposed technical training session. Additionally, he directs the legal teams to hasten the processes that will lead to the actualization of the MOU.
Assistant Comptroller General of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernization Kikelomo Adeola, in her briefing, highlighted the advancements in integration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). The integration aims to register only those vehicles that have paid the correct customs duties, contributing to efficient tax management.
The collaborative efforts between the Joint Tax Board and Nigeria Customs Service underscore both organizations’ commitment to fostering synergy in addressing crucial issues related to tax management and system integration.