IRAS is an online revenue administration system implemented through leveraging ICT in revenue administration. It has been designed to cover all local revenue sources based on the Local Government Act.
- Module – This module grants the different access levels to the system users including the staff and customers.
- Taxpayers RegistrationModule - In order for Municipalities to know all the taxpayers that do transact business with in their jurisdiction under the revenue sources, these taxpayers have to get registered first. When the taxpayer registers on IRAS, a unique number called CIN (Client Identification Number) is given to the taxpayer for all transactions with the Municipality. This component informs the Municipalities in making financial/tax collection projections and also feeds into knowing the compliant customers who have paid and those who have not yet paid so that the different measures are implemented. This module also helps revenue administrators to segment their taxpayers into different groups for easy administration and keep the taxpayers’registers up to date.
- Ledger Management/Taxpayer Accounting Module -This module mainly covers the taxpayer and revenue ledgers according to the different revenue sources and sub categories with in IRAS for taxpayers.
- Billing/Assessment Module - This component helps revenue officers in proper assessment of values. The assessment amounts for the various revenue sources are inbuilt and therefore at the end of each expiry date, IRAS auto bills and sends communication to the taxpayer reducing manipulation of amounts.
- Electronic Payments Module - This module is commonly known as ePayments. It entails the different payments methods for example payment over the counter or bank payments (Cash, Electronic Funds Transfer, Real Time Gross Settlement, Demand Draft and Swift Transfer), Mobile Payments, Point of Sale like Payway payments and others which are yet to be implemented including, Internet Banking and VISA Card payments. These are all options that the taxpayers can use to effect payments at their convenience hence increasing compliance levels.
- MIS-Reports Module - For all the modules with in IRAS, the users and management wish to see reports at any time of their choice from anywhere. The MIS-Reports module covers the reports for the various modules with in IRAS.
- Interface with Other Systems - This module comes into play mainly because of the ePayments module which interfaces IRAS with other related core banking or payments systems for entities like commercial banks, telecoms and Point of sales. With this interface, the taxpayer is able to effect the Local Government’s payments from any of the entity interfaced with IRAS.