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NASARAWA : Govt Threatens Legal Action Against Tax Defaulters

The state government has advised all landlords and property owners in the state, to comply with the law on the payment of withholding tax, or face legal action. Alhaji Usman Okposhi, the Acting Chairman of Nasarawa State Board of Internal Revenue Service (NBIRS) told journalists on Thursday in Lafia that the government had resolved to block all revenue -generation leakages and loopholes.

He explained that the move became necessary in view of the dwindling federal allocation to the state, and the need to boost internally generated revenue to meet the developmental needs of the state government.

Okposhi said the board had embarked on a state-wide tour of all local government areas, to assess landed properties, as well as intimate land and property owners of the need to pay their withholding tax and land rent.

According to him, the board has been serving notices on landlords on the issue but compliance by property owners, has been minima.

“The law clearly provided that any property where one is earning an income, is taxable, either as withholding tax, or rent. “We have deployed all our officers to the field to meet with landlords and remind them of the need to pay.

“Those who fail to comply after two weeks of the reminder, will face legal action from the board,” Okposhi said. He therefore appealed to property owners to comply with the law, saying that the tax would help government to provide basic amenities and other infrastructure for the benefit of all citizens.

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