LIRS arrests four alleged tax defaulters for breaking seals to offices
They were arrested as the team paid an unscheduled visit to the offices after several attempts to make the tax defaulters respond to earlier notices by the team.
The leader of the enforcement team implored tax defaulters to desist from removing government seals placed on their doors.
“It is a criminal offence to remove government seals and anybody found guilty of that offence will be prosecuted accordingly.
“ Companies, professionals, individuals are hereby warned to desist from such acts as government will not spare any one found perpetuating such criminal act,” a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who witnessed the arrests, quotes the team leader as saying.
She urged tax defaulters to visit the LIRS offices for enquiries and payments to prevent embarrassment by the team.
According to her, once a demand notice of 30 days served on a firm expires, the enforcement team will commence the closure of the defaulters’ offices.
Meanwhile, the team sealed off eight offices of land surveyors over tax evasion to the tune of N5.9 million.
NAN reports that the debts were taxes owed the state government between 2005 and 2007.
She alleged that the taxes were liabilities which most of the land surveyors deducted from their staff salaries without remitting same to the state government. _ _About 12 professional land surveyor offices with tax liabilities of over N10.9 million have been earmarked for closure next week.
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