Federal Inland Revenue Service abbreviated as FIRS is a regulatory body charged with the onerous task of assessing, collecting, and giving account for revenues accruable to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from individuals, government agencies, and corporate entities. These revenues are utilized in the funding of government expenses. The FIRS pulls its staff strength from general recruitment exercise and place them on salaries according to their ranks and qualifications. They equally employ youth corps members from the NYSC who are paid stipends for their services.
Being the revenue collection center of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Federal Inland Revenue’s organizational structure is quite an interesting one. The commission pulls representatives from the offices of Nigeria’s attorney-General, Federal Minister of Finance, NNPC, Customs Service, Corporate Affairs Commission, National Planning Commission, and many more. There are equally nine reps from the geo-political zones in Nigeria appointed by the sitting president of the country.
How Much does a Staff of the FIRS Collect as Salary in Nigeria?
The FIRS has a well-defined salary structure for members of its staff. The amount received by each personnel of the Federal Inland Revenue Services is based on certain factors like the person’s grade level, his or her years of services with the FIRS, and the position occupied.
Going by the reports from workforgov.ng, the yearly income (per annum) of an average level 8 employee with the Federal Inland Revenue Services is ₦1,247, 854; this means a monthly remuneration of ₦103,987 before the deduction of tax and pension. On the other hand, a grade 7 staff member takes home the sum of ₦1,073,217 per annum, meaning ₦89,434 as monthly income before tax and pension deductions are made.
Just like every other government office, staff members at the Federal Inland Revenue Services are entitled to a good number of benefits and allowances; this is not part of their basic annual salary. The salaries of the workers are also expected to increase with the passage of time. This is how the salary structure of the FIRS looks like.
|Job Position/Title||Average Salary Per Month (Naira)|
|Corps Member||₦24,000 – ₦26,000|
|VAT officer (corper)||₦24,000 – ₦26,000|
|Youth corper (Intern)||₦34,000 – ₦46,000|
|Accounting Clerk (Intern)||₦67,000 – ₦73,000|
|Accountant||₦198,000 – ₦211,000|
|Conseiller En Développement||₦279,000 – ₦298,000|
|Tax Officer||₦289,600 – ₦310,000|
|Assistant manager||₦310,000 – ₦331,000|
|Tax Administrator||₦342,000 – ₦360,000|
|Inspector of Taxes||₦382,000 – ₦412,600|
|Human Resources Generalist||₦479,000 – ₦517,000|
The Federal Inland Revenue Service; The Organizational Structure
The organizational structure of the Federal Inland Revenue Services is detailed in the FIRS ACT. According to the document, the services’ organization structure consists of the following officials;
- The Executive chairman.
- Nine members with relevant expertise appointed by the Nigerian president to represent the interest of the nine geo-political zones that make up the country.
- The representative of Nigeria’s Attorney-General
- The representative of the country’s Federal Minister of Finance
- Chairperson of Revenue mobilization/Fiscal commission/ Allocation
- NNPC’s Group Managing director
- The Comptroller General of Customs Service, or a representative from him; The rep must not be below Deputy Comptroller-General level
- The Registrar General of CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) or a representative from him.
- The National Planning Commission’s (NPC) Chief Executive Officer or his rep
FIRS; Mandates and Operations
- To provide and publicize timely and accurate annual data and reports to the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as other stakeholders.
- To provide the government with timely advisory services, guidance notes, rulings, and clarifications on request and also to the public.
- To regularly investigate, enforce, and prosecute tax defaulters.
- To issue taxpayers with TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) at zero cost.
- To undertake the processing of tax refund requests received as well as
- To decrease the services’ arrears position and minimize its debt profile.
- To provide regular and accurate reconciliation of taxes paid into Federation, VAT (Value Added Tax), and Consolidated as the case may be.
- To provide the Nigerian taxpaying public with tax information and education through diverse languages and mediums.
How Can One Join The Federal Inland Revenue Services
Intending applicants who are waiting to apply for positions in the Federal Inland Revenue Services of Nigeria should first acquaint themselves with the requirements to know whether they are qualified or not.
Requirements for FIRS
Applications from jobs in the Federal Inland Revenue Services must go through their official recruitment platform at firs.gov.ng. Once you are logged on, select your preferred Job position and view its basic requirements. Application for all the positions is done online.
Qualification Requirements for FIRS Recruitment
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in areas like accounting, economics, law, banking and finance, geology, engineering, computer science, statistics, or other relevant discipline/s in the quantitative field. Any other related post-qualification experiences will be treated as an additional advantage.
- Or Higher National Diploma (HND) in accounting, banking, and finance, economics, engineering, statistics, geology, computer science, including any other relevant discipline/s in the quantitative field.
- Applicant should be computer literate and show proof of proficiency in conversation with Microsoft Office, web applications, as well as be conversant with the use of pertinent applications for effective service provision.
- Must possess strong skills in management and leadership.
- There must be evidence of team spirit and the ability to delegate work effectively
- Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong analytical skills
- Must have a good knowledge of tax law in Nigeria and appreciate their application.
- Must understand the regulatory framework and structure within which the FIRS operates.
- Must have a good knowledge of the tax payer’s business and the industrial setting within which they operate
- Ability to function as a regulator and the courage to ensure full conformity with the laws.
- An applicant must not exceed 30 years of age.
- Have an NYSC discharge or exemption certificate
- Must have proof of mental fitness certified by a recognized medical practitioner at government hospitals like National hospitals, Federal medical centers, Government teaching hospitals.
- Submit contact information for three references (from family, the last employer, and tertiary institution); FIRS can obtain confidential reports on skills demonstrated and character from these sources.
- Candidate’s certificate of State of Origin and LGA must be endorsed by his or her Local Government President / Secretary. FIRS doers not accept certificates signed by Liaison offices.
- Your Certificates and CVs must be uploaded online
- Applicants are tested via an online qualification exam