Anambra seals banks, commercial facilities on taxes and levies

The Anambra State Internal Revenue Service has sealed around 25 banks and hotels over issues of non-payment of taxes and levies.

The penalties, it was gathered, related to sanitation, business premises and various government taxes.

Among the sealed facilities are the Nigeria Police Force Micro Finance Bank, Mumbai Festus Hotel, Finotel Classic Hotel and Shalom Hotel, all in Awka.

Speaking to reporters after the exercise over the weekend, the team leader and office manager of Anambra State Waste Management Authority in the Internal Revenue Department of Anambra State Mr James-Morgan Ezeodili said the application was made following a court order on August 11, 2022.

Ezeodili said the closure of the affected business premises was the result of them refusing or failing to appear in court, after receiving a subpoena, as they refused to pay stipulated levies to the state government.

He also pointed out that the drill was part of the state government’s drive to increase revenue and ensure the environment was clean by removing litter from the state’s roads and streets.

Anambra Core Area Coordinator under AIRS Non-Fiscal Department Mr. Sylvester Uzoh assured that the exercise will be maintained to ensure that every money owed to the state government has been paid .

Uzor warned business owners and companies not to pay levies or taxes to anyone but through the designated government account with their ANSSID number.

He added that the payments would secure the expected dividends from the state government, although he urged Ndi Anambra to support the current administration.

AIRS attorney Barnabas Udemba pointed out that violating the court order after receiving a court summons results in contempt of court and violators will be punished accordingly.

Other sealed business premises were Zaramax Hotel, New World Lounge, Summit Splendor Hotel, Ndiolu Micro Finance Bank and Landmark Hotel Nibo, among others.

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