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Borno State government, set to seize property of UN agencies over tax evasion

The Borno State Government has announced that properties belonging to agencies of the United Nations in the state, would be seized over tax evasion.

Borno state
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Speaking to journalists, the Executive Chairman, Borno State Board of Internal Revenue Service, Mohammed Alkali, stated that the agencies had defaulted in the payment of income tax for their employees. The announcement was made on Wednesday, January, 26 in Maiduguri.

The properties in question, which are based in Maiduguri, are used for operation by the World Health Organisation, World Food Programme, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Food and Agricultural Organisation, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Speaking to journalists, Mohammed Alkali said;

“It is noteworthy that the aforementioned organizations are generally exempted from payment of tax from their operational funds. They are, however, mandated by law through the provisions of the personal income tax act, CAP P8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to remit to the state government what is known as PAYE ( Pay As You Earn) with Withholding Tax (WHT) for their staff and individuals and enterprise contractors respectively.

“But unfortunately, since January 2021, all effort to make them respond positively to the demand proved abortive, thereby forcing BO-IRS to serve them with 30 days notice of seizure of property which is due to lapse on 24th February 2022 as earlier mentioned.

“This service will thereafter trigger its enforcement powers by using legitimate means to seize the properties of the agencies involved”.

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