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LIRS warns against attack on tax officers

14 February 2014, 16:11

Lagos -  Folasade Coker-Afolayan, the Head of Distrain Unit, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), on Thursday warned taxpayers against assaulting tax officers on official duties.

Coker-Afolayan gave the warning in Lagos.

She warned that the service would no longer tolerate attacks on its officers on lawful duties.

The tax officer said that culprits would henceforth be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Coker-Afolayan, who led the enforcement team, described the development as uncivilised, saying that such actions were slowing down the operations of the team.

"The actions of these people always delay the work of our unit.

"If there are grievances, they should have  been resolved before we come knocking on their doors,” she said.

Coker-Afolayan said that 23 firms were sealed in January for failure to remit N326.6 million personal income taxes of their workers, while  eight firms were sealed in February 5 for failure to remit N66.7 million tax.

She said that the enforcement would continue until companies and workers imbibed the culture of voluntary tax compliance.

"Tax evasion is a crime and it is a serious crime to evade tax for so many years.

"Tax payment is also a civic responsibility for everyone because that is the only way government can provide the necessary infrastructure for the citizens and also improve their standard of living,” she said.

The tax officer advised companies operating in the state to remit personal income tax of their workers promptly to avoid being sealed.

-  NAN

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