Bureau, LGs, varsity owe Benue N5.9b PAYEE tax - Mimi Orubibi

The Benue State Board of Internal Revenue Service said the state Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Benue State University failed to remit N5.9 billion PAYEE taxes to government.
The service Chairman, Mrs Mimi Orubibi, told newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi that the agencies deducted the taxes from their workers but failed to remit them to the board.
Orubibi explained that the Bureau, between 2012 and 2014, failed to remit over N3 billion taxes after deduction.
She also said the university failed to remit taxes between 2005 and 2012 amounting to N2.9 billion.
She said the board would not issue tax certificates to local government workers, primary school teachers and the university staff until the agencies settled the funds.
She said: “As we speak, their staff want to collect tax clearance certificate from us, but it is unfortunate that we cannot issue tax clearance certificates to them until the bureau remits deducted funds.
“The word tax clearance means one is cleared from payment of tax at a particular given time.
“So we cannot grant them waiver as they are agitating.
“Constitutionally, penalties can be waived, but principals and interest must be paid.
“So whatever is the case, they have to remit the funds.”
The tax chief further disclosed that commercial banks, the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi and others would soon be sanctioned for evading tax in the state.
“JED Plc has evaded tax for over N300 million in the state.
“Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi is also owning millions of tax and we are going to take them to court.
“People need to understand that tax is constitutional and any default would be punished in accordance to taxation laws of the land.”
She said with time and proper education on legal issues involved in taxation, the public would soon appreciate the new tax regime in the state.
Orubibi further warned consultants that the board would not accommodate breaches of contractual agreement as anyone found wanting would be sanctioned.
However, the Bureau has accepted to remit N3 billion tax to the board in six instalments.
Its Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Ikpe, while reacting to the report, told newsmen that the bureau had accepted to remit the funds.
Ikpe explained that the tax was among the liabilities the bureau inherited from the previous administration, adding that it had no option but to pay the debt.
He said: “So all local governments must prepare to make certain sacrifices for us to remit this funds.
“The staff are been unjustly maltreated.
“From the available records, it is clear that the deductions were made monthly.”
Ikpe appealed to the BIRS management to understand the situation and start issuing tax certificates to the bureau’s staff.
Bureau, LGs, varsity owe Benue N5.9b PAYEE tax - Mimi Orubibi Bureau, LGs, varsity owe Benue N5.9b PAYEE tax - Mimi Orubibi Reviewed by Link Naija on April 20, 2016 Rating: 5

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