The Niger state Internal Revenue Service (NGSIRS) has advised banks operating in the state especially those whose branches remain sealed as a result of non payment of their outstanding tax liability to stop the blackmail and pay their debt. In a statement on Sunday, the NGSIRS informed the general public that the banks were sealed as a result of non payment of their taxes to the state government after several negotiations and efforts failed.
NGSIRS was responding to a letter written by Niger state bankers’ committee, (a body with which the Revenue Service has no transaction) in alleged collaboration with officials of the central bank of Nigeria, minna branch. The said committee is threatening to close all the banks in the state if the affected branches were not unsealed.
NGSIRS stated that the banks were treated as individual corporate entities and not as bankers’ Committee, a body with which the Revenue Service has no transactions. The statement further revealed that 6 of the 8 banks originally sealed having fulfilled part of our demand have been duly unsealed pending further reconciliation. According to the Service, high level discussions are ongoing with one of the top banks to open their branches on monday.
NGSIRS “It is therefore unfortunate that a body with which the Revenue Service has no transactions, will collaborate with CBN officials to threaten the Service from performing its lawful duty of collections of revenue on behalf of Niger state government”‘, the statement added.
The Revenue Service stated that it sounds strange why the Committee is acting like a registered trade union when the individual banks except for 2 or 3 others have sorted their issues.
The statement therefore appealed to the people of the state especially those whose branches remain sealed to impress on their banks to settle their outstanding tax liabilities to enable them meet their Customers daily financial obligations.
It will be recalled that eight banks and three other companies were sealed last week monday for their failure to pay a total tax liability of N460m to the account of the state government. Hi Signed: Management Niger State Internal Revenue Service, Minna