The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has revealed that it sealed 10 companies in August for failure to remit N45.52 million Personal Income Tax of staff to the Lagos government.
The Head, Training Unit of LIRS, Mrs Ajibike Oshodi-Sholola made this known on Thursday saying that the companies were sealed in August during a state-wide tax law enforcement exercise.
She said that the affected companies’ tax liabilities ranged between 12 months and 6 years.
According to Oshodi-Sholola, 6 companies were sealed on Aug. 4 for tax evasion amounted to N6.197 million, while 4 others were sealed on Aug. 11 for a total of N39. 327 million tax evasion.
She stated that out of the 10 firms that were sealed last month, about 7 of them had come to the LIRS office to ratify and pay-off their debts.
However, Oshodi-Sholola urged companies with operations in the state to regularly remit their taxes to the service to avoid the embarrassment and closure.
“Tax-payment is a civil responsibility of everyone because it is a major source of government revenue and also the only means government can provide the basic amenities for the citizens to improve their living standards,” she said.
Oshodi-Sholola said that LIRS usually sent 2 letters of notices to the defaulting companies before they embark on clamp-down.
According to her, LIRS had sent tax liabilities demand notice and notice of intent to the affected companies as required by the Personal Income Tax Act Amendment of 2011.
“Each of the letters that we send to the companies is received and acknowledged by either any of companies’ staff or the management of the firms. So, for any of the companies saying that LIRS do not notify them before coming to seal their premises, is not an excuse.
“Normally, firms are not even supposed to wait for anybody to remind them of their statutory obligation of paying tax to the government of the land where they operates,” she added.
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