The Lagos state government through the office of the Attorney General and commissioner, Ministry of Justice in a press statement signed by the Chief Public Affairs officer, in Lagos state, Bola Akingbade has began the prosecution of 28 tax defaulters in the state.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem who disclosed this on Monday, said that The Rapid Tax Prosecution Unit has filled all the necessary information at the State High Court for the arraignment of 28 tax defaulters referred by the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) and prosecution has begun in earnest.
He said their offences ranges from failure to furnish and file tax return to failure to pay personal tax to the State. The Lagos AG said that these offences violate the Personal Income Tax Act 2004 as amended and the Lagos State Revenue Administration law.
He also added that the Lagos State Government established the Rapid Tax Prosecution Unit to aid the LIRS in its drive to collect taxes, and warned members of the public to cooperate with tax officers as obstruction of these tax officers in their lawful duty can and will lead to prosecution.
Kazeem said the enforcement of the tax laws became necessary because a large number of Lagosians have not paid their taxes. He said tax evaders and offenders, upon prosecution, may be fined or imprisoned or made to face both as provided in the Personal Income Tax Act.