FG Apologises For Misleading Tweets On Account Holders’ Self-Certification Forms

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The Federal Government has apologised for its tweet ordering all account holders with financial institutions in the country to obtain and fill self-certification forms, saying the information is misleading.
Recall that the FG, in a series of tweets had on Thursday, ordered that each account holder must submit the filled forms in their respective financial institutions else faced sanctions which may include losing access to their accounts.FG Apologises For Misleading Tweets On Account Holders' Self-Certification Forms
In another tweet this morning, the Federal Government acknowledged that its earlier tweets were misleading and that the notice, which emanated from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) does not apply to everybody. “We apologise for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly,” the FG tweeted.

Addressing the issue, however, the FIRS on its official handle @firsNigeria clarified that the information/directive was for reportable persons with accounts in reportable financial institutions. “This is to clarify the publication for financial institutions account holders in Nigeria to complete the self-certification form, pursuant to the Income Tax (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations 2019 which is for the fulfillment of Automatic Exchange of Information Requirements. The Self Certification form is basically to be administered on Reportable persons holding accounts in Financial institutions that are regarded as “Reportable Financial Institutions” under the CRS.”
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“Reportable persons are often non-residents and other persons who have a residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or Country. Financial Institutions are expected to administer the Self Certification form on such account holders when the information at its disposal indicates that the Account holder is a person resident for tax purpose in more than one jurisdiction. The information that indicates an account holder is a resident for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction, is expected to be available to Financial Institutions during the account opening processes for the KYC and AML purpose.
FG Apologises For Misleading Tweets On Account Holders' Self-Certification Forms
FIRS addresses the concept of the self-certification form
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