FIRS shuts of­fices of tax de­fault­ers in La­gos, Abuja

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Temi­tayo Odun­lami, La­gos

The Fed­eral In­land Rev­enue Ser­vice (FIRS) yes­ter­day con­tin­ued its tax com­pli­ance ex­er­cise in Abuja and La­gos with the clo­sure of the premises of some com­pa­nies it said were de­fault­ers.

In Abuja, the FIRS team, led by Mr. Chi­na­zor Edeh, shut down the of­fice of Taleveras, an en­ergy firm op­er­at­ing from the Maitaima area of the city. The agency said the com­pany was ow­ing over N667 mil­lion in tax li­a­bil­i­ties.

A state­ment from the agency said that be­fore seal­ing off the com­pany, Edeh told Taleveras’ Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer, the high­est ranking of­fi­cial avail­able at the time of the FIRS team’s visit, that the firm had failed to pay the bal­ance of its tax li­a­bil­i­ties af­ter it paid N50 mil­lion, fol­low­ing the seal­ing off of its premises in May. Edeh ex­plained that the seal­ing-off of the com­pany yeste­day was to en­sure the bal­ance was paid.

Also sealed by the en­force­ment team was Jardin Nige­ria Lim­ited, a land­scap­ing/ project man­age­ment com­pany, with an of­fice at the Transcorp Hil­ton Ho­tel, Abuja. Jardin was said to be ow­ing over N129m in taxes.

An of­fi­cial of the com­pany, who iden­ti­fied him­self sim­ply as Mr. Olu, ad­mit­ted that the com­pany owes, but ar­gued that some state gov­ern­ments are also ow­ing the com­pany over N2 bil­lion.

Af­ter Edeh ad­vised the com­pany to pay 50 per cent of its tax li­a­bil­i­ties, the lat­ter reached an agree­ment with the FIRS on a struc­tured pay­ment of the bal­ance.

In La­gos, two com­pa­nies were shut in the Ikeja area by the FIRS team, led by Anita Erinne.

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