The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), yesterday said it had queried top officials of 15 companies operating in Kano for failing to file their tax returns, remit tax revenue and offset their outstanding tax liabilities.
The service said this in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director, Communications and Liaison Department, FIRS, Mr Emmanuel Obeta.
The statement said the companies with outstanding tax liabilities were queried by the FIRS joint team of Medium Tax Office and the Special Enforcement and Investigation Unit.
The firms are Crown Continental Ltd, Mentholatum Nigeria Ltd, Rumbu Sacks Ltd, Terrytex Nigeria Ltd, Klysat Concepts Ltd and Digibit Control Nigeria Ltd.
The six companies are owing outstanding tax liabilities of N39.8m in Companies Income Tax, Education Tax, Withholding Tax and Value Added Tax.
Others who have failed to file their tax returns as stipulated by the relevant statutes include Lungun Fulani Nigeria Ltd, Auwalu Musa and Co. Nig. Ltd, GeeDee Enterprises Ltd, Kimpex Engineering and Construction Ltd and Nako Ltd.
Rano Oil and Gas Ltd, S. Roda and Sons Ltd, Edmarck Nigeria Ltd, F.K. Construction and Co Ltd, Nigerian Road Construction Ltd and Omni B. Holdings Ltd also belong to the categories of non-filers of tax returns.
The Executive Chairman of FIRS, Alh Kabir Mashi, had in September directed all field offices across the country to commence full- scale enforcement exercise against corporate bodies and individuals who have not filed tax returns nor voluntarily fulfilled their tax obligations.
The tax law requires companies, with December 31 as their end of year accounting date, to file their tax returns on or before the end of June of every year, while payments of taxes were expected to be made not later than end of August.
The week-long tax drive exercise in Kano, according to the statement, was jointly led by the Tax Controller MTO, Mr Pam Davou and Mr. MasamaHaruna of the Special Enforcement and Investigation Unit.
Davou said the exercise became necessary following the companies’ refusal to respond to several notices and letters of reminders asking them to fulfil their tax obligations.
He said the exercise was aimed at recovering arrears of taxes accruing to government from CIT, Education tax, withholding tax, and Value Added Tax as well as compelling the companies to file their annual tax returns.
Davou said “The Nigeria tax laws are very liberal because this exercise is the last option after we have sent series of letters, notices and even paid visits to the affected companies to remind them of their obligations.
“We all have obligations to pay taxes and more importantly, comply with the relevant tax laws of the country.
“The top officials of these companies were made to sign an undertaking with the FIRS, specifying the period within which they would fulfill their tax obligations.”