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FIRS Threatens Tax Offenders With Travel Ban

Henceforth, those who circumvent tax obligations may risk a travel ban.

The acting Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Alhaji Kabir Mashi, gave this warning in Abuja at the Centennial Trade Fair organised by the Abuja Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA).

According to him,  given that the Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) was becoming a key travel document requirement, for Nigerians eyeing global destinations of choice, “a few who may have decided to still run against the law” might soon find it difficult to travel abroad.

Represented by the Coordinating Director, Direct Reports Group, Hajia Q. S. Seghosime, Mashi said it was against the law to do transactions with companies and entities that have no Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and urged members of the public to be properly guided.

He said: “And to our partners in the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), note that in addition to registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), you are also under obligation to register with the tax authorities, obtain a TIN and file your annual tax returns with the FIRS.”

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