FIRS Recovers N23bn From 45,000 Tax Defaulters


FEDERAL Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has realised N23 billion from its closer look at the books of over 45,000 tax defaulters, each of which had over N100 million as turnover in their accounts.

FIRS Executive Chairman, Tunde Fowler, therefore, said the Service, in collaboration with other stakeholders like the Nigeria Police Force, will continue to go after wealthy tax defaulters in 2019.

Fowler, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday when Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu paid a courtesy visit to the Revenue House also disclosed that the Service, was going after another set of 40, 000 millionaire tax defaulters in 2019.

He requested the Nigeria Police to help the Service bring the tax defaulters to pay their taxes.

According to a statement by Head of Communications and Servicom departments Wahab Gbadamosi, Fowler added that FIRS had identified 45, 000 millionaire tax evaders last year, 2018 and recovered the sum of N23 billion through substitution of their bank accounts.