Edo State government ‎has called on federal ministries, departments and agencies,MDAS in the state to clear their tax debts dating back to 2014, or face prosecution for tax default.
Executive Director (Tax Enforcement) at the Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Emmanuel Usoh, who stated this noted that the agency would not hesitate to press criminal charges against the defaulting institutions in order to ensure that the state improves its revenue generation amidst the current economic downturn.
‎Although many of the federal agencies in the state owe over two billion naira in arrears for 2014 and 2015, Usoh said, “Both individuals and federal MDAs in particular, are defaulting. We also have individual (debts) grossing up over N1billion for last year.”
The revenue agency had recently organised a one-day sensitisation programme for heads of federal MDAs in Benin City, the state capital to explain the gravity of the situation to them.
While some of the federal institutions are said to have failed to file their tax returns, others have defaulted in deductions and remittance of accurate taxes, in spite of the provisions of relevant tax laws.
“If they all pay their taxes and file their returns accurately, there is no doubt that it will increase the revenue due to Edo State because, as we speak, there are huge debts owed by federal MDAs from 2014 to 2015,” he said.

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