Osun shuts down 19 schools over tax evasion

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[Osun]–The Osun State Internal Revenue Service has sealed off 19 privates schools over refusal to pay taxes.

The agency had sent task force officials to some major communities in the states equipped themselves with court order to seal the erring organisations.

The agency sealed 19 schools which were:  Cypress college, Osogbo; Good Tidings College,Osogbo; Esteem College,Olorunsogo; Canaan Glory Secondary School, Ofatedo; Alex Oduduyemi College; Chris Ade Int’l School; Golf Int’l School, Osogbo; Excel Nur/Pry School, Providence Secondary School Ikirun; Almedina School, Iwo; Blessing School, Iwo; Good News Nur/pry School; Oluwemimo Int’l Nur/Pry School; Adetag School, Ikirun; Glory land Nur/Pry School; Aramonh Nur/Pry School, Iragbiji; Merciful God Model School; With God Comprehensive High Sch and Precious Nur/Pry School.

While carrying out the mass enforcement payment of the tax owed the state, pupils and staff of the school affected were asked to vacate the premises and remove their cars before the sealing off.

The agency which had ealier begin a mass revenue enforcement on May 10, 2017 sealed no fewer than 80 establishments including private schools, hotels,  club houses and centres, filling stations among others were consequently sealed off by combine team of State Internal Revenue Service and security operatisom

Some complained that they were not properly served nor given notice before the action, other said that the time they were given within which to pay was too short adding that the market is dull in the state.

But the Acting Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Bicci Alli said that the defaulters were properly served notices before the mass enforcement begun.

He disclosed that the state was being owed about N30billion as tax and levies.

Alli said “The affected establishments were given notices and reminder of the need to pay up their taxes and levies due to the State saying that the expiration of the notice the agency approached the court to secure order allowing the agency to seal off any defaulting establishments.

Alli added that after the secure of the court order,  another 14 days ultimatum was given to allow them ample time to make payment to the coffer of the state.

“The state government embarked on the action in order to boost it’s purse for the completion of various ongoing infrastructural projects across the state.

“What the state is demanding from the people is not new taxes and levies but existing ones adding that the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola want to complete all ongoing projects and the only way to achieve this is through buoyant resources that could be generated internally”.

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