Cross River State Internal Revenue Service is a product of Section 85A(1) of the Personal Income Act N0. 104 of 1993 LFN as amended. Her basic functions are spelt out in Section 85B of the same Act among which is to ensure effectiveness and optimum collection of all taxes and penalties and other revenue due to the State Government under the relevant laws. The Service is also responsible for doing all such things that may be deemed necessary and expedient for the assessment and collection of taxes and shall account for all revenue so collected in a systematic and prescribed manner. On June 2, 2008, CRS Internal Revenue Service migrated from the manual Direct Bank Lodgement System (DBLS) to the Automated Revenue Collection and Monitoring System (ARCMS) leveraging on InterSwitch’s PAYDirect system. This is in furtherance of our determination to block revenue leakages and improve our collection process. From this date all Revenue due Cross River State are to be lodged directly into the State Government Transit Account in designated Collecting Banks.
In CRS Internal Revenue Service, the taxpayer is treated like a king. The taxpayer as a matter of right is entitled to all information that will enable him fulfil his civic duty as a responsible citizen.
The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the supreme law of our land is very clear in the specification of the duties of the Nigerian citizen as enshrined in Section 24(f) –“it shall be the duty of every citizen to declare his income honestly to appropriate and lawful agencies and pay his tax promptly”.
I therefore encourage every citizen to strive towards fulfilling the condition for his citizenship. Whenever he is in doubt, a taxpayer is free to visit any of the nineteen (19) Tax offices, twenty (20) Motor Licensing Offices spread across the State or any Director at the Headquarters or the Executive Chairman and he will be sure of prompt and efficient service.