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Kaduna Govt. threatens to seal banks in the state over fees

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Kaduna Govt. threatens to seal banks in the state over fees

All banks operating in Kaduna State which fail to pay their communication mast and signage fees as required by law will be sealed, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) has said.

According to the Legal Adviser to KDIRS, Francis Kozah, all defaulting banks have been given two weeks to pay or be sealed.

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, Kozah said on Thursday.

He said most of the banks, except United Bank of Africa (UBA), have failed to pay, particularly for 2016 and 2017.

Kozah said KDIRS and Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency have served the defaulting banks demand notice, 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,” he said.

Kozah advised them to settle their liabilities to avoid embarrassment.

According to him, 32 other people would soon be charged to court for tax evasion.

He advised taxpayers, both companies or individuals, to pay their taxes, emphasising that the board would prosecute any one that failed to do so.

KDIRS had on Tuesday dragged 23 people to a Kaduna Magistrates’ Court for alleged failure to pay their Personal Income Tax from 2013 to 2015.

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