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LIRS Seals Protea Hotel over Alleged Failure to Remit N11m Tax



LIRSThe Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has sealed Protea Hotel, close to Kuramo Waters, over alleged failure to remit N11.07 million personal income taxes deducted from workers’ salaries.

Ajibike Oshodi-Sholola, Head, Distrain Unit of LIRS, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during a statewide tax law enforcement exercise in Lagos on Wednesday.

NAN recalls that the same Protea Hotel was sealed by the revenue service over evasion of N148.88 million consumption and hotel occupancy taxes on June 9.

It also recall that the hotel broke the seal without LIRS’s consent, payment of the tax liabilities or due resolution of the issue.

Oshodi-Sholola said the tax liabilities were for 2012 tax audit year.

“Before LIRS gets court order to seal a company, it usually sends at least two letters of notice to the management of the affected firms reminding them of the tax liabilities. So, both the demand notice letter and letter of intention to distrain were sent to the management of the hotel, but they failed to act on them,” she said.

Oshodi-Sholola, who led the enforcement team, said that it took the team more than five hours to evacuate the management of the hotel out of the premises.

“It was a difficult task before the management of the hotel, particularly its chairman, accepted to leave the hotel for the team to properly seal it,” she said.

Ajibola Anbisala, the hotel Chairman, denied receiving any notice or letter from LIRS, saying that the team had no authority to just come and seal the hotel.

“We have not received any recent letter from LIRS in respect to the company’s staff personal income tax. I am ready to sue LIRS for this insult,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Adio_Braimoh

    August 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Just can’t figure out why management of organizations are reluctant to remit employee tax after deduction from basic salary without hesitation. This is trendy, the agency needs to look into this and do the needful.


    August 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Way to go Lagos State of Nigeria. These Hotels collect their payments in United States Dollars. Pay their employees peanuts, (Naira) refused to pay local taxes deducted from the paycheck of same employees? In spite of all the incentives they have collected from the Nigerian Government for creating lousy employment ? “Dan Boroba.”

  3. tee

    August 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Please tell Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Managing Partner SIAO to pay outstanding pension and tax.

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