FIRS names Obasanjo farms, Davido Music, Omisore's firm, others as tax defaulters
- FIRS has published names of businesses that have failed to comply with their tax obligations
- The list which comprise of a total of 1901 accounts was published on the FIRS website with the title Consolidated Tax Defaulters list
- The list includes firms and businesses of prominent Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has published names of 19,901 individuals and organisations, who default on tax payments in Nigeria.
The list includes firms and businesses of prominent Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Iyiola Omisore and ace musician, David Adeleke also known as Davido.
Other prominent organisations in the list are Coldstone Creamery Limited (Yaba); Grand Square Supermarket and Stores Ltd; Open Heavens Bliss Enterprises; and God is Good Motors.
Others on the list of defaulters include Tiger Foods Limited; Slot Enterprises; Payporte Technology Limited; Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Limited; Erisco Foods Limited, Hubmart Stores Limited and United Capital Plc.
The agency said it had taken possession of the bank accounts of the tax defaulters, adding that the accounts would be under its possession until they regularise their tax status.
The service had earlier notified companies which had their bank accounts placed under Lien by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) pursuant to Section 31 of the FIRSE Act, that are yet to regularise their tax status with the FIRS, to do so within 30 days or the FIRS shall in accordance with Section 49 (2) (a- d) of the FIRSE Act proceed and enforce the payment of the said tax.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the above section authorises the FIRS to proceed against and punish every officer, manager, director, secretary or any person concerned with the management of the company in like manner as if he/she had committed the offence,” it added.
Meanwhile, the presidency, on Monday, August 19, had explained that the government was not investigating the chairman of FIRS, Babatunde Fowler.
It explained that the letter to Fowler from Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, merely raised concerns over the negative run of the tax revenue collection in recent times.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the presidency said taking a cue from the presentation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential retreat for ministers-designate, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries, projected revenue of government falls behind recurrent expenditure even without having factored in capital expenditure.