Thursday, September 8, 2011

DSTV Office shut down over unpaid N150 million tax

On Tuesday, the head office of Multi Choice, Nigeria, owners of DSTV Cable Television was shut down by the Lagos State Government over unrpaid tax of about N150 million.

According to reports, the office was shut down by officials of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), after the organisation failed to remit the money to the government.

Special Adviser to the Lagos state governor on Taxation and Revenue, Bola Shodipo who confirmed the closure said that the action was carried out to make the outfit fulfill its obligation to the government.
Mr Shodipo who expressed displeasure at the rampant indebtedness of organisations in taxes said the practice was undermining the revenue generation drive of the government.

He said the State Government would pursue companies who failed to voluntarily honour the payment of their tax bills, to make them comply.

The Special Assistant, however, said that discussions were going on between the government and officials of Multi Choice over the issue, saying the government might consider early re-opening of the office if the tax was remitted.

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