The Federal (Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said those affected by the new government directive on Fresh bank registration are mostly non-residents and other persons who have residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or Country.
The FIRS announced this in a Twitter message on Friday. The statement reads:
“This is to clarify the publication for financial institutions account holders in Nigeria to complete the self certification form, pursuant to the Income Tax (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations 2019 which is for the fulfilment of Automatic Exchange of Information Requirements.
“The Self Certification form is basically to be administered on Reportable persons holding accounts in Financial institutions that are regarded as “Reportable Financial Institutions” under the CRS. Reportable persons are often non-residents and other persons who have residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or Country.
” Financial Institutions are expected to administer the Self Certification form on such account holders when information at its disposal indicates that the Account holder is a person resident for tax purpose in more than one jurisdiction.
” The information that indicates an account holder is a resident for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction,is expected to be available to Financial Institutions during account opening processes for the KYC and AML purpose.”
The Federal Government on Thursday released a statement asking Nigerians to present themselves at their banks to fill and submit Self Certification Forms.
The statement reads:
This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc) are required to obtain, complete and submit Self Certification Forms to their respective Financial Institutions.
“Persons holding accounts in different financial institutions is required to complete & submit the form to each one of the institutions. The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019
The self-certification form is in 3 categories:
– Form for Entity
– For Controlling Person (Individuals having controlling interest in a legal person, trustee, etc)
– Form for individual
“Failure to comply with the requirement to administer or execute this form attracts sanctions which may include monetary penalty or inability to operate the account. For more enquiries visit @firsNigeria website (http://firs.gov.ng) for more details.”
But this drew a gale of criticism from Nigerians who wondered why such an exercise is needed at a time of COVID19, that government is discouraging crowd gatherings.
Some also wo dered what different information the new form expects to gather that is not already captured in the various registrations that other agencies have – including the BVN.
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