Nigeria: Tax evasion - Lagos reads riot act, prosecutes 50 firms
18 November 2014
Posted by: Author: Ekene Okoro
Author: Ekene Okoro (Daily Independent)
Lagos State Government on Sunday said it would henceforth prosecute corporate organisations and individuals that default in the payment of their taxes in accordance with the state's tax laws.
Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) Tunde Fowler, who gave the warning while briefing newsmen in his office in Alausa, said over 50 companies have been taken to court for evading tax payment in the state.
He said the service is currently doing tax audit on many multinational and local companies to establish their tax liability, with a view to taking appropriate action against them.
Fowler said the tax audit carried out by LIRS showed that some companies are defaulting and not fully remitting taxes of their employees to the government.
He lamented that companies like Huawei Technologies Companies Nigeria Limited is owing the state government a whopping N988 million as against N212 million they paid to the Lagos State Government as their tax in the year 2013.
He said: "LIRS has begun investigation into Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited. We have also told them to give certain information including their monthly immigration reports which every company who has expatriates must provide.
"We are currently still in discussion with the company on 2013, if in the next one or two months it is not resolved, then those cases will go to court."
He added that several letters had been written to the company to comply with the tax law, adding that LIRS would look into all the documents sent it by Huawei Technologies Company.
"When the company does not provide information timely, we write letters to inform them that we will proceed on legal action against such company.
This article first appeared on allafrica.com.