Members of the business community were introduced to the new E-Tax online service provided by the Inland Revenue Division (IRD) of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.
This was during the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SICCI) regular networking event the Business After Five (BA5) on Friday 9 November 2018 hosted by IRD and sponsored by Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) at the Heritage Park Hotel.
The event attracted a good turnout of SICCI members.
IRD Commissioner, Joseph Dokekana led the team presentation with the opening remarks before Team Leader of IRD’s Tax Education Team, Ms Melanie Wate gave an overview of the E-Tax service followed by Acting Management Advisor, Mr Gibson Sanau, who demonstrated a test version of the product.
The E-Tax online service was launched in the country on 12 September 2018.
With the new IRD online service, businesses can register for an IRD online account and use their allocated IDs to file online Goods Tax, Sales Tax and PAYE.
Customers can write to IRD via the online platform and it will be delivered and able to be tracked and responded to digitally.
The upgraded system also has capabilities for e-payment options, internet banking and Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale (EFTPOS).
In the coming months IRD will also be adding the ability to file and pay Income Tax and Withholding Tax online.
SICCI members were informed that the ultimate goal is to transform the entire IRD tax platforms to a digital one, allowing easy and efficient e-filing and e-payments.
This is the first digital service of its kind for the Solomon Islands Government.
SICCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dennis Meone thanked IRD for providing the opportunity for members to learn about the E-Tax service and how it will support businesses.
“The system will now allow the private sector to file and make payments online reducing time and cost.
“This will make it easier for businesses since with a single login to your E-Tax account, you can enjoy a wide range of personalised online tax services, which enable you to keep track of your tax position, manage your tax affairs and communicate with IRD anytime anywhere,” Mr Meone said.
Commissioner, Joseph Dokekana says this is an exciting step in IRD’s modernisation.
“As customers of IRD I am sure you have all had varied experience with our service. We acknowledge we have many areas still to work on.
“We want to provide a professional, efficient and reliable service and E-Tax will help us to do this,” Mr Dokekana told members of the business community.
Mr Dokekana said the new service will enable customers to communicate with the IRD faster and more reliably as it supports better transparency of tax accounts.
“It enables you to file your returns online and make payments through your internet banking.
“Currently it supports PAYE, Goods Tax and Sales Tax and soon we will be adding Income Tax, Withholding Tax and online objections,” he said.
In the meantime, SICCI CEO, Mr Meone applauded the Commissioner and his team at IRD for resolving the public transport impasse experienced in Honiara City last week with bus and taxi operators regarding tax issues.
For information on the IRD’s E-Tax service, you can visit their website www.ird.gov.sb
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