Lagos Digitises Hotels, Restaurants’ Revenue Collection

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The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service has announced the digitalisation of the process of revenue of Hotel Occupancy and Restaurants Consumption Tax from owners of the facilities (hotels and restaurants) in the state.

According to the Executive Chairman of LIRS, Ayodele Subair, in a press statement made available to PUNCH Online, on Monday, the public operators and owners of hotels, event centres, restaurants, bars, and other related facilities in Lagos State should be aware that the new collection process called the Eco Fiscal System is an automated invoicing solution, designed to revolutionise the collection of consumption taxes in the state.

He stressed that the EFS evolution is furthering LIRS’ commitment to building convenience into paying taxes and easing compliance with tax laws.

The statement read in part, “This technological advancement marks a significant leap in our continuous efforts to enhance revenue collection, streamline processes, and improve efficiency in tax administration. It simplifies compliance and improves accuracy.

“Traditionally, HORCT collection has been a tedious task for operators in the past; the manual process often led to errors, penalties, and increased costs.

“However, with LIRS’ cutting-edge software, businesses can now automate and digitize their invoicing and collection processes.

“Built with operators in this sector in mind, EFS offers real-time online consumption tax billing, collection monitoring, and instant issuance of receipts with a unique invoice number. It also reduces compliance costs, facilitates easy administration and reconciliation for HORCT collections, and fosters transparency,” it added.

Subair further affirmed that by adopting the EFS, businesses could ensure accurate calculations, eliminating the risk of mistakes associated with manual data entry, adding, “The system automatically applies relevant tax rates, saving businesses valuable time and resources. He added that the software provides secure and efficient record-keeping, simplifying audits and minimizing compliance risks.

“Our goal is to empower businesses with innovative solutions that enhance their operational efficiency and minimise compliance challenges. Businesses can focus on their core operations, leaving the complex task of tax compliance to our reliable and automated system.”

He also enjoined all operators in the hospitality sector to adopt the EFS while emphasising that operations on the system become effective immediately and failure to comply is a contravention of the provisions in Sections 7(1), 8 and 9 of the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Fiscalization Regulation 2017 which attracts penalties as stipulated in Sections 11(2) of the HORC Law 2009.

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