The Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, KGIRS, has sealed the network facilities of Airtel Networks LTD, and Globacom Nigeria LTD for refusal to remit tax liabilities in the tune of N360,035,000.00 to the State Government.
The Head of Enforcement Department of the service, Alhaji Abubakar Obori led the team to seal the facilities of the two companies at the Mount Patti Hill and across the State.
Obori accused both companies of not only tax default, but also constantly evading fulfilling such duty.
Giving the breakdown of the taxes owed by the two telecommunication companies, Okino revealed that Globacom Nigeria Ltd, Kogi State, unremitted tax liabilities ran into 300,000,000, both Corporate and Individual, and on Social Service Contribution Levy (SSCL),covering from year 2017 through year 2021.
Also, Airtel Networks Ltd, Kogi State, defaults on the Social Service Contribution Levy, and on Corporate and individual tax liabilities to the tune of Sixty Million and Thirty Five Thousand Naira (N60,035,000.00),he added.
According to him, “The Service has written several letters to the Management of the companies to pacify them to pay the taxes they owed the Kogi State Government but that they never show any sign of commitment.
“The sealing of the sites and properties was at the instance of a High Court Order sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, and until they pay their tax liabilities, the Service will not unseal the sites located at the Mount Patti, and across Kogi State,”the director further revealed.
He called on other defaulters to pay their outstanding tax liabilities to avoid sealing of their business facilities by the Service, reminding them that “tax enforcement procedures is a continuous one.”