The Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service (AKIRS) has celebrated taxpayers who voluntarily paid up their taxes in the year 2019.

In a thank you message, the chairman of AKIRS board, Mr. Okon Okon, says the board appreciates contributions of taxpayers to the development of the state and look forward to their cooperation in the year 2020.

Meanwhile, the board says it has decentralised the process of registration for Tax Identification Number (TIN) to tax offices across the 31 local government areas.

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Applicants for TIN are expected to visit any of the tax offices in the state with a national identity card or slip, Bank Verification Number (BVN) and a valid email address.

The board in a statement says it regrets the difficulties taxpayers experience in obtaining the TIN.

“The Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service regrets the difficulties our esteemed taxpayers are experiencing in obtaining their Tax Identification Number (TIN) in view of the February 1, 2020 deadline per the new Finance Bill.”

“We have therefore decided to decentralize the process of TIN registration to all tax offices located in the 31 LGAs of the State. Consequently, taxpayers should visit any tax office nearest to them to processes their TIN.

“Taxpayers are please advised that TIN is free of charge. Therefore taxpayers should not pay any money to any person for TIN registration and collection.”