The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has sealed Taba Nig. Ltd., an engineering and construction company, for allegedly failing to remit personal income taxes of workers amounting to N6.1 million.
Mrs Folasade Coker-Afolayan, the Head of Distrain Unit of LIRS, told Naija247news.com on Wednesday in Lagos that the debt had accrued since 2010.
Coker-Afolayan said that the amount was the workers’ income taxes which the management failed to remit to the state government.
“We decided to seal Taba Nig. Ltd. because it owed the Lagos State Government N6.1 million. The amount is the workers’ income tax.
“The engineering company will not be reopened for business until the tax liability is remitted,” she said.
Coker-Afolayan said that the state government had written the management of the company on the need to remit the tax.
According to her, the Distrain Unit of the LIRS has no alternative than to seal the company when the management failed to respond to its request.
She reiterated that payment of tax was civic responsibility of everyone to enable government provide infrastructure for citizens.
The team leader urged companies to remit their taxes promptly to avoid being sealed.
Mr Yinka Olugbode, the Managing Director of the company, said that the company was not given prior notice before it was sealed.
Olugbode said it was wrong for LIRS to go to court in the absence of the company.
He also frowned at the manner the government was enforcing the tax laws