The Executive Chairman of Anambra State Internal Revenue Service(AIRS), Dr. David Nzekwu has condemned the molestation of AIRS staff in Nnewi by business dealers.
Dr. Nzekwu stated this shortly after a tax verification and compliance exercise carried out by his men in Nnewi. He opined that tax payment is a civic responsibility of every individual for more development in the state.
He lamented that many business dealers in the state do not like paying taxes and on presentation of demand notices, end up molesting Tax officials which is against the tax laws.
The AIRS Chairman further condemned the manner in which some people beat and molest tax officials on duty, pointing out that two officials were nearly killed at Nnewi and made clear that if such issues arise again, the perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law.
Dr. Nzekwu disclosed that his men only assist shop owners on how to pay their business premises to ensure that illegal tax collectors do not deceive them, stating that they do not collect money but encourage traders to pay with the use of ANSID number.
Its Executive Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Nami, in a statement signed by Director, Communications and Liaison Department, FIRS, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, stated that the extension is a follow up to some palliative measures devised by the FIRS to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy to support tax-paying individuals and business entities in the country.