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Kaduna govt seales Fidelity Bank branches over N43.3m tax liabilities

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, KADIRS, on Thursday, sealed four branches of Fidelity Bank Plc. over N43.3 million tax liabilities.

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The branches are located at Ali Akilu Road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Polytechnic Road by Maimuna Gwarzo Junction, and Kachia Road, all in Kaduna metropolis.

Ms Aisha Mohammed, KADIRS Legal Adviser and Board Secretary, told journalists after the exercise in Kaduna, that the branches were closed for allegedly refusing to settle outstanding  tax returns of N43.3 million owed for the period  2011 to  2020.

She explained that management of the bank was served with notices of the tax assessment five times, but were allegedly ignored.

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“Therefore, to claim all tax due to the state, we approached the court and obtained a court order to seal the branches.

“This is provided for in Section 104 (3) and (4) of the Personal Income Tax (Amendment) Act. 2011 and Section 37 (3) and (4) of Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law, 2020 as amended,” she said.

The Executive Chairman of the Service, Dr Zaid Abubakar, told newsmen that closing tax defaulting business offices would ensure compliance to relevant provisions of tax laws in the state.

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According to him, the measure is part of efforts to encourage voluntary settlement of all tax liabilities by tax payers.

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“This is simply telling all defaulting tax payers that no one is above the law. It is either they pay their taxes, or the law will not spare them,” he warned.

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