WEEKEND DIGEST ON ANAMBRA TAX MATTERS: Focus on payment of Signage Fees

The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo enjoined Ndi Anambra to pay their taxes and levies to help government have enough funds to develop Anambra State.

He advised that in paying, they should not pay cash to anybody but through the bank. The payment through the bank will help to stop the activities of illegal tax collectors and let the government have enough funds.

One important area that needs improvement to raise revenue for the government is the area of signage fees. According to Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA) Law 2010, Section 19 (1) ‘Every outdoor structure owned by any person in the State shall be registered by its owner. Section 24 says ‘It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, conduct, enlarge or structurally modify an outdoor structure or operate any structure for signage or advertisement without first being registered by the Agency’.

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As Anambra State Government is currently operating new system of Revenue Collection System, it becomes important that signage fees be keyed properly into the new system for seamless revenue collection. Based on this, the  Anambra State Internal Revenue Service advised all business owners in the State that have a sign post, or banner showcasing his shop, school, restaurants, commercial businesses, professional firms, hotels, filling stations etc to go to Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency office to either get registered or renew their  permit immediately to avoid removal of the sign post.

Renember that payment of cash for signage permit in Anambra State is no longer allowed, rather payments are made into any Commercial Bank nearest to the signage fee payer, using the ASIN.

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Demand Notice for for signage fee is electronically generated by the system and not written manually. Anyone issuing manual Demand Notice is a thief and not a Government official.

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*Sylvia Tochukwu-Ngige*
Head, Taxpayer Education and Enlightenment Team
AiRS

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