Ikeja – The Lagos State Government on Tuesday warned local government personnel against mounting road blocks and using touts to collect revenues and levies.
Mr Ade Ipaye, Special Adviser to Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Taxation and Revenue, who gave the warning, described such acts as “not only illegal and unlawful, but barbaric and crude”.
Ipaye issued the warning at an enlightenment seminar organised for key actors in the state’s informal sector at Alausa, Ikeja.
“The activities of touts and fraudulent tax officers was the reason some residents accused the state government of multiple taxation.
“It is illegal and unconstitutional for any official, agent or other person to mount road blocks, permit blockage or closure of any street or road,’’ he said.
Ipaye said it was wrong to pay tax officers in cash, explaining that tax payers were expected to pay levies and revenues at designated banks.
According to him, anybody that acts outside that will be contravening the standard practice set out by the state government.
He said in most cases, the touts acted on there own as they were not sent by any government official.
Ipaye advised Lagosians to resist the use of any crude method to collect levies and taxes from them.
He urged the stakeholders to report cases of illegal tax collection to the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) office.
“If we fight corruption by doing things right, we will definitely get the benefit.
“It is illegal to mount roadblocks as a measure to collect levies, rates, taxes and penalties,” he said.
He stated that the state government was bound by the law governing tax administration enacted by the National Assembly.
“This is the law that all the states of the federation has adopted and domesticated,’’ he said. (NAN)