FIRS seal offices over tax debt in Delta, Edo

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Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Leader of enforcement team, Mrs. Anita Erinne, has disclosed that two companies in Delta and Edo were sealed by officials of the Service.

Erinne said the companies were sealed over failure to remit over N8 billion taxes payable to the Federal Government adding that one of the affected companies located in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta, was indebted to the tune of N121 million.

She revealed that the other defaulting company in Edo owed the government N8.1 billion.

She tendered separate “Warrant of Distraints’’ signed by the FIRS Chairman, Mr. Tunde Fowler, to the companies to justify the exercise.

According to her, Section 3 of FIRS (Establishment) Act, No.13 of 2007 and Section 44(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 empowers the FIRS to close any defaulting company.

She warned that any member of staff or company who removes the FIRS seals unless the companies paid their debts will be liable to a tune of N200,000 as a fine to the government,’’

Erinne, however, advised companies to comply with the tax laws and remit their taxes promptly to avoid being sealed.

Meanwhile, FIRS netted N3.2 trillion in 10 months, representing 79.35 percent of its target for the year 2017.

The Chairman of the Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, however, expressed the readiness of his personnel to help Federal Government in blocking revenue leakages and increase collection of taxes payable to the government.

 

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