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Kaduna Govt warns banks to pay fees

The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS), Thursday, announced to seal all banks operating in the state which failed to pay its communication mast and Signage fees as stipulated by law.

The legal adviser to KDIRS, Francis Kozah, while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna said that the affected banks were given two weeks to pay or be sealed.  While stating that only the Union Bank for Africa, UBA, have paid their fee as others are yet to pay for 2016 and 2017.

Kozah, also said that the Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law 2016 provided that all bank branches operating in the state with communication mast and synergy were to pay certain fees.

“We have served them demand notices, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency equally served them, asking them to come and settle their liabilities but they have failed to do so.

“At the moment, we have finished preparing our documents and we will take them to court in the next two weeks.

“We will seek for an order of the court to seal off all defaulting banks in the state,” Kozah said.

He also said that 32 other people would soon be charged to court for tax evasion while advising taxpayers to pay their taxes, stating that the board would prosecute any company or individual that failed to do so.

KADIRS had on Tuesday taken 23 people to a Kaduna Magistrates’ Court for failing to pay their Personal Income Tax from 2013 to 2015.

 

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