More Firm Closes Across the Country as FIRS Clamp Down on Tax Defaulters

by on May 13, 2016

The Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) on Friday continued its closure of companies owing taxes across the country.

Lagos, Abia, and Imo were some of the states which the enforcement unit of the organisation visited.

In Lagos, FIRS sealed up RT Briscoe Nigeria PLC, Sinopec Nigeria, an oil and exploration company in Ikoyi.

Briscoe Motors located on Fatai Atere Way in Mushin, was also sealed over the company’s failure to remit N1.9 billion in taxes.

According to a statement released by the service, a staff of the firm made efforts to pacify FIRS officials, saying the company had N150million to the FIRS.

The statement said Emeka Obiagwu, who led the team, maintained that the company will remain shut until a minimum of 50% of the total amount owed in taxes, was paid.

“My mandate is to get at least 50% percent of the total amount owed by the company, anything less than that will not be acceptable,” ‎Obiagwu reportedly said.

At Sinopec Nigeria, the company owing $15million, the enforcement team had no trouble shutting down the office premises and staff quarters.

In Abuja, the FIRS sealed the offices of the Talevaras Group, owned by billionaire businessman, Igho Sanomi.

The warrant presented to the company by Ruth Mandeun, leader of the enforcement team, indicated that the international energy firm was in default of payment of N745,204,389.45 million tax arrears for five years.

The tax liability was made up of unpaid/unremitted company income tax, education tax, withholding tax and value added tax from 2010 to 2015.

The company offices in Maitaima and Wuse 2 areas of federal capital territory (FCT) were sealed.

Aliu Jimeta, Talevaras’ head of finance, told the FIRS team that the company has an arrangement to defray its tax liabilities with the local office of FIRS, and has already paid N500 million.

He was said to have been unable to produce evidence of the payment, making Madeun to give the company an option of defraying the liabilities within an hour, or getting it sealed.

“Whatever arrangement you’ve made in the past does affect what we are doing here. Your liability as at when due is what is written here,” she reportedly said.

After waiting for about two hours without the company making any attempt to pay, the FIRS team asked all the workers to vacate the premises while they proceeded to seal off the building.

The team then proceeded to also seal the Wuse 2 office of the firm.

The team also visited Hammoud and Saidi International, located at Wuse Zone 5 Area of Abuja.

The company was shut over its liability of N5.9 million for 2012.

In Aba, Abia state, the FIRS team shut down the premises of Dan Dollars Limited and D.E Okafor and Sons Limited for non-remittance of taxes.

Earlier on Thursday, the FIRS shut the Imo Transport Company and Hotels & Tours Ltd in

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