FG Apologises Over Tweet About Self-Certification Forms

The Federal Government has apologised over what it described as a misleading tweet about the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons.

In a tweet on Friday, September 18, the Federal government stated that the tweet has been deleted adding that the message contained in the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS notice does not apply to everybody.

We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly.

Reacting to the apology, many Twitter users noted that the outcry on different social media platforms forced the Federal government to have a rethink about the move.

A twitter user, @kboiyanki said “Fellow Nigerians, see how we all came out in our numbers to taunt & criticize this? I’m sure we did it because it affected our comfort & convenience. There are so many other government policies we can reverse if we speak in one voice as we did on this aspect. Let’s keep talking.

@TJthe1st said “At this rate, I believe its backlash from social media that makes you guys retract your tweets. Not like before that you’ll just announce on NTA and everyone will go with the flow. You did the same thing with NIPOST.

Earlier, the federal government had on Thursday tweeted to announce that all accounts holders in financial institutions including Banks, Insurance companies among others are required to obtain, complete and submit self-certification forms to their respective financial institutions.

It was stated that persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete and submit the form to each one of the institutions.

According to the tweet which has been deleted, the forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.

Meanwhile, the Self-certification form is in 3 categories which are form for an entity, for controlling person (Individuals having controlling interest in a legal person, trustee etc and Form for an individual.

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