Lagos seals Nicon Hotels over tax evasion

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has sealed Nicon Hotels Limited, Lekki, Lagos, for allegedly failing to remit taxes amounting to N14.4 million to the state government.

The Head of Distrain Unit of LIRS, Mrs. Folasade Coker-Afolayan, told the News Agency of Nigeria, on Thursday in Lagos, that the debt had accrued since 2010.

Coker-Afolayan said the amount was the workers’ income tax, which the management failed to remit to the state government.

“We decided to seal Nicon Hotel because it owed the Lagos State Government N14.4 million. The amount is the workers’ income tax for 2010.

“The hotel will not be reopened for business until the tax liability is remitted,” she said.

Coker-Afolayan said the state government had written the management of the hotel on the need to remit the tax.

According to her, the Distrain Unit of the LIRS had no alternative than to seal the hotel when the management failed to respond to its request.

She reiterated that payment of tax is the civic responsibility of everyone to enable any government provides infrastructure for its citizens.

The team leader urged companies to remit their taxes promptly to avoid being sealed.

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