TRADERS at the Lagos International Trade Fair complex, under the aegis of Auto Spare Parts Machinery Dealers Association have vowed to resist renewed attempt by Lagos State government to enforce the stateâ€™s 2004 tax law enacted specifically for the traders, saying that it amounts to multiple taxation.
Chairman of stakeholders association of the Lagos International Trade fair Complex, who is also the president of ASPAMDA, ChiefÂ Sunday Ohanazoeze, while marking his three years in office noted that double taxation has continued to constitute a major obstacle towards the industrialization of the nationâ€™s economy. He said:
â€œThere is a tax law enacted by the Lagos State government in 2004 and my regime inherited it when we came on board. According to them law enacted by the state government was meant for the licence for vehicles and motorcycle spare parts dealers alone.
We asked them why the licence when we are registered with CAC and pay our taxes regularly. But they insisted that each shop must pay N50,000 per annum but later brought it down to N25,000 for their licencees. Also we kept reminding the state government that we fall under the Federal Government property which gave us the property to occupy and whom we pay our taxes regularly to and since we are not under the Lagos State government, it would be a double taxation. Despite all our explanations they have not desist from threatening us. That is why we have called a general meeting for the public to know what we are going through.”