Top officials of 15 companies operating in Kano metropolis were at the weekend quizzed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, for allegedly failing to either file their tax returns, remit tax revenue, or offset their outstanding tax liabilities to the Federal Government.
Six of the companies were accused of owing outstanding tax liabilities of N39.8 million in Companies Income Tax (CIT), Education Tax (EDT), Withholding Tax (WHT) and Value Added Tax (VAT).
The companies questioned by the FIRS joint team of Medium Tax Office, MTO, and the Special Enforcement and Investigation Unit, included Crown Continental Limited, Mentholatum Nigeria Limited, Rumbu Sacks Limited, Terrytex Nigeria Limited, Klysat Concepts Limited and Digibit Control Nigeria Limited.
Others accused of failing to file their tax returns as stipulated by the relevant statutes included Lungun Fulani Nigeria Limited, Auwalu Musa and Company Nigeria Limited, GeeDee Enterprises Limited, Kimpex Engineering and Construction Limited and Nako Limited.
Rano Oil and Gas Limited, S. Roda and Sons Limited, Edmarck Nigeria Limited, F.K. Construction and Co Limited, Nigerian Road Construction Limited and Omni B. Holdings Limited were also identified in the category of the defaulters in filing tax returns.
The visit to the companies followed the recent directive by the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Kabir Mashi, to all field offices across the country to commence full-scale tax enforcement drive against corporate bodies and individuals who failed to file their tax returns, or voluntarily fulfil their tax obligations to the government.
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 was jointly led by the Tax Controller, Pam Davou, and Masama Haruna of the Special Enforcement and Investigation Unit.
Mr. Davou said the enforcement 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, which was designed to compel the companies to file their annual tax returns as and when due, was aimed at recovering arrears of taxes accruing to government from CIT, EDT, WHT and VAT.
During the visit, the officials of the affected companies were made to sign undertakings with the FIRS, specifying the period within which they would fulfil their tax obligations.