GEMS-3 launches PoS tax payment in Cross River LGs
The Growth and Empowerment in States (GEMS-3), an organisation funded by UK Department for International Development (DfID) to assist governments in administration of tax to achieve development, has launched an automated payment system for collection and payment of all forms of taxes and revenue charges.
Calabar South Local Government Area, a densely populated council of Cross River State, and which borders the Atlantic Ocean, is being used as a pilot for what would soon move to all the 18 council areas of the state.
The launch of the PoS (Point of Sales) payment machine is a collaboration of GEMS-3 and Calabar South Local Government with an ICT support from the Cross River SmartGov agency.
Team leader of GEMS-3, Obinali Egele, said the PoS payment system will check leakages and multiplicity of taxes, as it would ultimately reduce burden on tax payers.
He said the PoS system which has incorporated information technology (IT) platform from the Cross River SmartGov, ensures there is accountability, as it would eliminate touting and pilfering of tax money meant for government.
Egele, who was accompanied by the United Nations tax policy specialist, Bob Miller on the PoS inauguration in the local council, noted that the organisation was also working with the state government to ensure that money realised from taxes were used judiciously on infrastructural projects, human and educational developments, which would in turn enable tax payers derive value for their money.
The chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area, Ekeng Nsa Henshaw, said his administration was determined to ensure development was evident in the council, which is also a hotbed for urban criminal activities, adding that with an improved revenue base, the council area would become easier and more convenient for people to do business.
Henshaw stressed that tax agents with the PoS machines will be deployed to strategic places, including market squares, business premises, streets and other places where they would collect and give payment receipts that are automated to the affected traders or tax payers.