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Edo vows to name, shame defaulting taxpayers

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The Edo State Internal Revenue Service (EIRS) has said it will embark on a name and shame campaign of defaulting tax payers in its renewed drive to ensure compliance with tax laws.
 
In a statement issued yesterday, Executive Chairman of EIRS, ‘Nidu Inneh, said the list indicted owners of hotels, bars, eateries, restaurants, trade associations, as well as lawyers, architects, medical professionals and private school proprietors.
 
Inneh added that several high net-worth individuals and contractors face risk of prosecution for evading taxes in the state.
 
“We have resolved to embark on a name and shame campaign, as many proprietors who run viable businesses in the state are culpable for tax avoidance and evasion.
 
“At the same time, we wish to appreciate our dutiful tax payers, who have kept faith with the government and have continued to pay their taxes. We thank you our esteemed compliant tax payers,” he stated.
 
He stressed that the state government was committed to ensuring that tax defaulters were prosecuted, noting that some gas plant and petrol station operators fell in the category of those who had failed to pay their tax obligations.

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