Lagos - Mrs Coker Afolayan, Head, Distrain Unit of Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, on Friday said that 15 companies had been sealed for non-remittance of taxes amounting to N66. 2 million.
Afolayan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the revenue service sealed the seven defaulting companies within seven days.
She said that the companies owed the Lagos State Government N66.2 million deducted as personal income tax of workers.
``The sealing happened between Nov.15 and Nov. 21, `` she said.
Afolayan said that it was a crime against the state not to pay taxes when due.
``Payment of tax is a civic responsibility that everyone must honour.
``And it is a major source of government revenue that will determine its degree of functionality and effectiveness in meeting its stated objective,” Afolayan said.
She advised all companies in Lagos State to remit their taxes into the government’s coffers promptly to avoid being sealed.
``It is instructive to know that the Act which empowered LIRS permits it to sell the defaulting company’s properties to recoup the taxes owed to the government, `` she said.