LIRS cautions companies against breaking of seals

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) on Friday advised tax defaulter organisations to stop removing state government seals posted on their firms to avert penalties.

Mrs Ajibike Oshodi-Sholola, the Head, Distrain Unit of LIRS, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Oshodi-Sholola said some companies usually removed or destroyed government seals on their companies only to resume operations whereas their offices had been sealed over tax default.

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She reiterated that the breaking of government seals was a criminal offence punishable under the law, adding that ignorance could never be an excuse in law.

“If LIRS seals a company over tax evasion, all the company needs do is to visit LIRS office, prove its case with genuine documents and the company will be reopened,” she said.

Oshodi-Sholola said that LIRS sealed 18 hospitality firms (hotels) between May 24 and May 25 for failure to remit N45.39 million consumption tax to the state government.

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According to her, the tax liabilities of the 18 hotels are specifically for 2013 to 2014 tax audit years.

Oshodi-Sholola, who led the enforcement team, said that the exercise was still ongoing and advised other hotels/companies owing taxes to pay in order to avoid being sealed.

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