Steps to pay your taxes on payFIRS.net platform powered by e-Tranzact
The payFIRS.com platform allows ALL tax payers to remit their taxes securely and efficiently to FIRS. The platform provides multiple channels for tax payments.
1. On www.payFIRS.net website
2. At any Bank Branch
3. Mobile Banking Platforms of Banks
4. API integration to your backend for seamless remittance flow.
1. Tax Payment on www.payFIRS.net
Login on www.payfirs.net and click on Pay Tax
a. System prompts you to enter your TIN and select the Tax type for payment (see prompt and drop down below)
b. System automatically validates your TIN with FIRS and displays the full detail of the tax payer (see below), prompts you to enter your email address and phone number, if you don’t have it on your FIRS profile, so you can receive your electronic receipt and text messages from FIRS.
c. Click on Single Payment or file upload options (see sample file below and format) to complete your transaction. For single payment option, fill the form as required.
d. System now displays all information filled or uploaded for confirmation. Click on Verify to check that your inputs or upload is in sync with FIRS required fields.
e. Systems displays a confirmation page and prompts to select payment type (BankIT – direct payment from bank account or bank cards or at a bank branch). Successful payment with BankIT or bank cards will automatically generate a receipt for the tax payer to print out. Also, an electronic receipt is sent to the email supplied earlier. If tax payer selects bank branch, a confirmation number is generated for the transaction, with which the teller in the bank can use to complete the transaction.
Please note that the systems verifies every VAT rate used for tax computation to ensure that it is line with FIRS directives. On WHT, the beneficiaries can see in real-time on payments made on their behalf and can print out their credit notes by themselves online.
2. Tax Payment at Bank Branches
Bank Teller logs on to the eTranzact PayOutlet Console and clicks on Make FIRS Payment.
a. System prompts the teller for the Tax Payer’s TIN and select the Tax type for payment (see prompt and drop down below).
b. System automatically validates your TIN with FIRS and displays the full detail of the tax payer (see below), prompts the teller to enter tax payer’s email address and mobile phone number, if it is not already on their FIRS profile. The email is required for electronic receipts and mobile number for text messages from FIRS.
c. Bank teller clicks on Single Payment or file upload options (see sample file below and format) to continue with the transaction. For single payment option, teller fills the form presented, as required.
d. System now displays all information filled or uploaded for confirmation. Clicks on Verify to check that the inputs or upload is in sync with FIRS required fields.
e. Systems displays a confirmation page and prompts teller to select payment options, which are cash, chèque or direct debit. If chèque is selected, systems prompts for chèque number and clearing date. On the clearing date the transaction becomes available for the bank transaction authorizer to authorize it. Cash and direct debit payment, on the other hand, will automatically generate a receipt for the teller print out for the tax payer. Also, an electronic receipt is sent to the tax payer’s email supplied earlier.
Please note that the systems verifies every VAT rate used for tax computation to ensure that it is in line with FIRS directives. On WHT, the beneficiaries can see in real-time ALL WHT payments made on their behalf and they can print out their credit notes by themselves online.
All payments are posted to the CBN accounts designated for each Tax type on settlement. Also, the FIRS Tax Portal and ITAS are all updated with every single transaction making it easy for FIRS officials to reconcile their positions with their CBN accounts seamlessly.
3. PayFIRS API Integration Tax Payment
To make it easier for organization to report and remit their taxes, the payFIRS API was developed. This allows the organization to remove manual processes and integrate their systems directly to FIRS. The API is a web-service integration that allows automatic and instant posting of taxes to FIRS.
FIRS will assist the technical department of any organization to achieve this.
What do I need to integrate?
a. Good Internet connection
b. Automated or computerized financial management system
c. Ability to consume a web-service. FIRS will provide technical training, if required.
SELF POLICING PROCESS
PayFIRS.com enables taxpayers to report their tax deductions like Withholding Tax, directly to FIRS. This is in the best interest of tax payers, so that they can easily monitor when their WHT payments were made.
How does it work for WHT?
Login to www.payfirs.net, click on
1. System prompts beneficiary tax payer’s TIN, validates the TIN and displays name
2. System prompts for the TIN of the company that deducted the WHT, validates the TIN and displays the necessary information.
3. System prompts for Date of Transaction, Transaction Amount and Invoice Number.
4. System displays captured information for confirmation.
On confirmation by the tax payer, the information is sent to the parties involved and FIRS. When the WHT amount is paid, everything clears off. This ensures that tax payer’s don’t miss out on the credit notes from other tax payer’s.