FIRS team shuts 13 tax-owing firms in Umuahia

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has sealed over 13 tax-owing firms at the weekend including Mentors & Partners Limited in Umuahia, Abia State, over tax liabilities of N308.9million.

The sealing off of the companies led by Mrs. Ruth Mandeun was a continuation of the enforcement exercise, which began on Wednesday.

Among those affected are Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Guest House and the university’s petrol station, which have joint tax liabilities of N3.5million. Also affected were De-Latino Concert Limited and Hotel Macbeck Limited, owing N6.7million and N273,313 respectively.

Others are Ohama Suites Ltd (N1.1million), Onyems Classic Pharmacy (N400,000), Otubraco Nigeria Limited (N540,437) and Ziggi Services Limited (N250,000) value added tax and income tax for 2016.

Enforcement team leader, Mrs. Mandeun warned sealed tax-defaulting companies against reopening them without clearing their liabilities and getting approval from the agency, as that would constitute a breach of the law.

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