Commission renames office in Lae


THE Internal Revenue Commission office in Lae was renamed the Lae Taxpayer Service Centre on Thursday.
It also coincided with the rolling out of the automated tax administration system SIGTAS (Single Integrated Government Tax Administration System).
It was installed by the British firm Adam Smith International based in Sydney, Australia.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by IRC Commissioner-General Betty Palaso and acting administrator Sheila Harou. Palaso said they had been working on the tax administration system for more than five years.
“We brought in people who can set up the system and train our IRC staff to work on the system.”
She said IRC started rolling out the system in 2013 at the head office in Port Moresby. It replaced the manual transactions and manual tax processions to save cost and time.
Palaso said clients needed to lodge documents to be issued a tax identification number (TIN).
This could be done at the Lae office.
“We are delivering services to areas outside Port Moresby. The Lae office will be offering the services to Madang, Wewak and Goroka. We are trying to make our services more efficient,” Palaso said.
Last year, IRC set up a regional office in Kokopo for the New Guinea Islands.
It will set one up in Goroka or Mt Hagen for the Highlands region.

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