By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
Delta State Board of Internal Revenue Wednesday, sealed up the premises of a Warri-based oil servicing company, RTD Services Nigeria Limited for tax evasion.
The shut-down of the company over an alleged N16 million tax marked the beginning of a crackdown on defaulting companies in the state by the Board, which clamped down on tax evaders.
The team led by Barrister Clark Ekpebe, arrived the premises of RTD Services Nigeria Limited at about 12. 00 noon, and without much ado, went straight to seal up the company after ordering the workers out.
According to Ekpebe, “On the 22nd of April, 2011, we complied with the law by serving this company (RTD Services) all the requisite demand notice and even notice of what we are doing here now. They ignored all the notices.”
He said that in accordance with the Delta State Consolidated Law 2009, the Board proceeded to court and obtained an order to seal up the company.
“Now, we have sealed up this place. That thing you see there cannot be removed until their liability to the state government in terms of tax is settled to the last kobo. That is not all, they will have to pay penalty and interest for letting the Board come and seal the place”, he said.
While saying that the company had gotten orders against individuals and companies that would be enforced later, he said there would be no sacred cows in the on-going exercise.
The Operations Manager, RTD Services Nigeria Limited, Mr. Steven Olubor, however, said he was not aware of any notice to his company by the Board, as he could not reach his general manager, who was said to be attending a meeting in Lagos for clarification.
According to him, “If it is tax they are asking for, we have paid our taxes. Without tax receipt, no company will give us job. We have been paying our taxes. My manager is in Lagos and I told them to allow me talk to him, they said no.”