By Fisayo Akinduro
As part of efforts geared towards the ease of doing business, the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service, ODIRS, has launched a consolidated account, referred to as Consolidated Demand Notice, CDN.
The CDN consolidates annual rate, levy, fee, permit into single assessment payable by business owners and corporate organisations to reduce to the barest minimum multiple revenue collectors.
Launching the CDN and a website, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa said the invention of CDN would change the narratives of the revenue generation in the state forever.
Akinterinwa disclosed that the implementation of the invention would start in Akure, the state capital in order to access the success and the challenges that may arise in the implementation of the program.
According to him, he said the consolidated demand notice and the new website will enable taxpayers know more about the programs of the agency.
“I must say, the website is media friendly, which will make it easy for you to pay your taxes online and it enables you to know the rates and various programs of the agency.”
The Finance Commissioner also commended the State Governor, Arakunrun Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for always encouraging innovations and also creating conducive environment for the growth of great ideas.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of ODIRS, Mr Tolu Adegbie said the initiative was to alleviate the issues of ease of doing business in the state and as well assist taxpayers.
While noting that the initiatives was another landmark for agency, said the money paid either at ODIRS offices or online goes into MDAs individual accounts which taxpayers would get receipts.
“People have been talking about it for a while that the number of people coming to our offices to come and ask for one thing or the other is irritating.
“So we decided that we should put everything together in one bill and we started working on the technology and called our partners, CSDC, they work on the technology end and deliver to us.”
He said the website was developed by the ICT department of the agency.
The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Revenue Service, Mr Femi Feyide while explaining the functions of the new website, said since the inception of ODIRS, some changes have been made, hence the need to upgrade.
He noted that the vision and mission statement of the agency remains the same on the new website.
He urged taxpayers to avail themselves of the new information and development of the new website.