As part of effort to deepen knowledge in taxation and tax administration which is targeted at improving tax practice and collection in the country, the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has concluded plans to award certificate and diploma in taxation.
Consequently, CITN is establishing tax academy in six geo-political zones of the country where courses in taxation and tax practice will be offered for existing and prospective tax administrators and practitioners with a view to partnering Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and all the 36 State Internal Revenue Services through Joint Tax Board.
Speaking at the CITN Mandatory Professional Training Programme (MPTP) held in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, Cyril Ikemefuna, President of CITN, declared that the steps were taken to further deepen tax education and strengthen certificates being issued to tax professionals and practitioners in the field of taxation.
He said, “We are coming up with tax academy that give better value to our certificates and tax practice as well as tax administration which we intend to do in partnership with relevant agencies. We want to make sure that we improve tax administration and practice in Nigeria.”
Shedding more light on the planned tax academy, Godwin Oyedokun, a PhD holder and Chairman of CITN Tax Academy, said, “I was the Director in the Department where that Tax Academy emanated from. I was the sole Secretary in charge that gave birth to it, but on behalf of the then President.
“Yes, we need Tax Academy because we need to educate our members and other citizens in Nigeria that wish to learn more about taxation, most of the staff, Board of Directors of Internal Revenue and FIRS did not study taxation but find themselves in that line.
“It may not be out of sense for them to know about taxation, and even some judges that are supposed to adjudicate on matters of taxation. Yes they study tax law and law generally. But what about law that came after they have graduated?
“You now have an avenue which you might actually come for a specific line of taxation, to come and learn it in a deep manner, so we hope to operate it in the six geo-political zones whereby people can take course on indirect tax, that is a certificate course on indirect tax or on general taxation.
“We now have collaboration with universities. You register at a university for programme and the university will train you, but we will support them with technical expertise to train applicants and certificate will be issued out.”
RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta