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Delta seals 3 firms over N700m tax debt

22 January 2014, 14:12

Delta - Three companies operating in Delta have been sealed for allegedly failing to remit N700 million, accruing from the income tax of their workers to the State Government.

The Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) said it sealed the companies for alleged failure to remit the money.

The Legal Adviser to the DBIR Clark Ekpede, who made the disclosure to newsmen on Tuesday in Warri, said that the companies were sealed by officials of the board.

Ekpede said that the firms, which were sealed on Monday, were located in Uvwie Local Government Area.

He said that one of the companies failed to remit N689.4 million while the other two were indebted to the state to the tune of N36 million and N6 million, respectively.

The adviser said that the companies would remain sealed until the debts were paid.

Ekpede pointed that tax payment was a civic responsibility of individuals and corporate organisations.

He said that proceeds from taxes would enable government to provide infrastructure for the people.

''Taxpayers should remit their taxes promptly because that is the only way government can meet their demand in terms of infrastructure development.

''The Delta-Beyond-Oil Programme of the State Government is driven by the internally generated revenue by the state,'' he said.

He said that the board would continue to enforce tax laws until taxpayers learnt to remit their taxes “as and at when due”.

Ekpede urged companies to remit their workers taxes promptly to avoid the embarrassment of being sealed.

-  NAN

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