WARRI – The Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) on Wednesday sealed 10 organisations in Warri and its environs for failing to remit N55 million personal income tax to the state government.
The affected organisations are three schools, one oil servicing firm, four hospitals and two companies.
The management of the board said that it would continue to enforce tax law on the taxpayers “until there is a convincing level of tax compliance.”
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the exercise, the Legal Aide to the Executive Chairman of DBIR, Mr Clark Ekpebe said it would be a continuous exercise.
Ekpede said that the board was determined to recover every tax owed the state government, and urged tax defaulters to remit their liabilities or risk closure of their businesses.
“We have been emphasising that we will not take advantage of any taxpayer in the state at the same time, we will ensure every kobo belonging to the government is remitted into the government’s coffers.
“So the question is not whether it is a big company or small, it must remit to the state coffers every kobo due to it,” he said.
Ekpede urged taxpayers to remit their taxes promptly to enable the government to provide more social amenities to the populace.
Some staff of the affected agencies, who spoke with newsmen claimed they were not aware of the court order served on them before the enforcement.
Others said that there was a mix up somewhere and vowed to sort it out with their lawyers. (NAN