FIRS Shut Down Firms In Lagos, Ilorin, Warri Firms Over Unpaid Taxes

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), yesterday, ramped
up its tax enforcement drive when its teams shut down the premises of companies
with tax liabilities in Warri, Lagos and Ilorin.

In Warri, Delta State, the enforcement team visited two
companies including JAD Construction, where the FIRS team evicted all the staff
before sealing off the premises for unremitted taxes in excess of N400million,
accumulated from 2013.
“These defaulters had the option of clearing the arrears to
avoid being sealed even at the point we came in. Now they still have a duty to
settle the debt to get unsealed. 
“If they fail to settle the arrears or attempt
to operate under FIRS lock and key, we have other measures of enforcement
against them,” FIRS enforcement team leader, Mrs. Ruth Mandeun, said.
Also at Bredero Pipelines Services at Sedco Road, Uvwie
Local Government Area, the team met a team of policemen at the premises who
claimed the company has been shut for more than three years following a court
injunction restraining its workers or management from the premises pending
determination of court case between management and staff. 
The company has an
aggregate debt tax of N178,638,649.90
In Lagos, the enforcement team, led by Chinazor Edeh,
visited Dee Jones Petroleum and Gas Limited at Beachland Estate, Apapa, said to
owe N31million.
The enforcement team in Ilorin, Kwara State, visited Kwara
Hotels, where the new management, Integrated Services Limited, explained that
it was neither aware that the previous management had a N10.5million tax
liability nor of correspondences between the hotel and the FIRS. 
The argument
ended when a call was put to the FIRS headquarters, which confirmed the
existence of the hotel’s tax liabilities. 
The new management then signed an
undertaking to reach the previous management and to revert to the FIRS within
30 days.

Also in Ilorin, the FIRS team visited Henry
George Company Limited, which owes a little over N2million. But the company
escaped being shut having paid a part of money on Monday, October 17, 2016


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