FIRS Seals NDDC Rivers State Office Over Unpaid N26bn Tax Debt – Nami

FIRS Seals NDDC Rivers State Office Over Unpaid N26bn Tax Debt

The Federal Inland Reve­nue Service (FIRS) has stated that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, was sealed on Thursday over the commission’s failure to pay its tax debt.

The Chairman of the FIRS disclosed this in an interview, Friday, on NTA.

While Nami did not give the specific sum, he noted that NDDC owes an “outstanding tax of N26 billion”.

The FiRS had taken a similar approach in 2018, in which the Rivers Inland Revenue Service (RIRS) sealed off the NDDC headquarters in the state over withholding tax estimated at over N600 million.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Newspapers: Latest Business News Headlines For Today July 11, 2021

The following year, the action was taken over failure to remit withholding tax to the tune of N50 billion.

The FIRS had in April this year directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to remit all outstanding tax liabilities to the service within 60 days.

It advised the MDAs to comply or face a deduction of unremitted taxes from the budgetary allocation of the defaulting MDAs.

Nami said: “Tax debt is a priority all over the world. We’ve sent a signal to ministries, departments and agencies of government that business is not going to be usual in this country.

“You cannot keep government money and force the government, whether at local, state and federal level, to continue to borrow because these monies (taxes) are used by the government to fund their budgetary requirement.

“We’ve discussed (FIRS and NDDC), even with some cabinet members, and we’ve reached an agreement which will be made known to Nigerians between now (Friday) and Monday.”

However, the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Ibitoye Abosede, stated that the development was as a result of a gap in communication between NDDC and the new management of FIRS.

“It is an ongoing thing. In 2018, this same happened. It is unremitted withholding tax for some years up to 2013. It is not a recent thing,” Abosede said.

“We have done reconciliation and they came with that amount. In 2018, when they sealed the place, we raised an agreement with them to seek ways to deduct at source from what the government is owing us so that we knock it off.

“I remembered that in 2018, we paid N1.5bn but since that 2018 we haven’t had a board and it hampered the efforts of deducting it at source. We don’t have regular subvention from the federal government.

“Efforts are ongoing to make sure the issues are resolved. We have a new chairman in FIRS and we are reaching out to him to let him understand our previous agreement.”

About Author

Victor Okeh is a graduate of Economics from Lagos State University. He is versatile in reporting business and economy, politics and finance, and entrepreneurship articles. He can be reached via – [email protected]

Comment here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.