The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said it presently registers only corporate taxpayers for issuance of Tax Identification Number (TIN). Public Relations Officer, Mr Wahab Gbadamosi, who said this in Abuja, added that the service no longer registers individuals for issuance of TIN.
According to Gbadamosi, the development was due to the directive by the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to stop collection of Personal Income Tax (PIT) in Abuja. “The FIRS no longer registers individuals for TIN, we only register corporate taxpayers. We used to capture individuals in Abuja when we were collecting PIT for FCT. “We operate like a state in Abuja but about two months ago, the Senate Committee on FCT, chaired by Sen.
Dino Melaye directed that the FCT minister should set up the FIRS board to take over collection of taxes in Abuja,’’ Gbadamosi said. According to him, the Joint Tax Board (JTB) has a provision for issuing TIN and can issue TIN to individual taxpayers, adding further that the JTB is an umbrella body for states.
He said that if anyone wants to obtain individual TIN can go to JTB office in Asokoro, FCT to register and obtain TIN, just as if anyone registered for individual TIN in Lagos or other state and have not been issued TIN, can also visit JTB Asokoro. The Spokesperson urged individuals who want to register for TIN to check JTB website, adding that they don’t need to go to any tax office as there were processes of obtaining TIN. “It is not possible that one registers for TIN and was not given.
If you registered in Lagos or any other state, you will be given TIN immediately. If you were truly captured in any state and was not given TIN, then visit JTB office. TIN is unique to a corporate entity or individual. Once you have it, it is okay for any part of the country,’’ he added.