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Lagos extends deadline for filing of annual returns

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The deadline for filing of annual returns for individual taxpayers including self-employed persons in Lagos State has been extended by two months.

Lagos State Internal Revenue Service boss Ayodele Subair said the extension of the deadline from March 31 to May 31, is in response to appeals made by taxpayers as well as a policy shift by the agency to assuage the effect of COVID-19 on the taxpayers and residents of Lagos State.

“We implore the taxpayers to access our eTax platform for all tax operations and administration matters, including filing of annual returns from the comfort of their homes and offices,” Subair said.

“They can do this, by simply logging on to the eTax platform via https://etax.lirs.net or calling our Customer Care Centre on 0700 CALL LIRS (070022555477),” he concluded.

Lagos is presently lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus in the state. Lagos has recorded most of the cases in Nigeria. Of the 135 confirmed cases so far, Lagos state has 81, FCT has 25, and Oyo has eight cases.

Osun has five cases, Ogun has four, Kaduna has three, while Edo, Enugu, and Bauchi states have two cases each.

Ekiti, Rivers and Benue states have recorded one case each. On Monday, Nigeria recorded a second death from the virus.

Businesses were closed, markets abandoned and streets empty as the usually chaotic megacity of 20 million, along with the capital Abuja, shuddered to a halt on the first full day of a two-week shutdown.

Police in protective equipment manned checkpoints, trucks carrying non-essential items were turned back and youths were spotted playing football on a usually traffic-clogged highway.


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