ShopRite, SPAR Malls Sealed In Enugu Over Purchase Tax Evasion

By Adadareporters

The premises of ShopRite and Spar malls in Enugu were Tuesday sealed over purchase tax evasion. The sealing was conducted by the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service (ESiRS).

The head of Department of of Eateries, Bars, Hotels and Shopping Malls of ESIRS, Ms Egwuonwu Perpetual, said the agency had visited the sealed malls many times to request the purchase tax but they failed to settle the bills.

She said the state internal revenue agency had also pleaded with the concerned individuals to be remitting their taxes when due, adding that they had been unwilling to comply.

In her words, “ShopRite has frustrated all our efforts to get them to do the needful. It is always one story or another; eventually they promised us that before the end of February, they would do something but we are in March and the ESIRS have not heard from them.”

The HOD said the malls would remain closed until the issues at hand are resolved.

The PRO of ESiRS, Mr Nnamdi Eneh, said the agency had gone on air to enlighten the people on the need to remit their taxes.

He said, “Our public enlightenment programme has been ongoing for a while. We have been sensitizing the people and pleading with them to pay their taxes not to fall victim during enforcement, but most of them remained adamant. The objective here is not to disrupt anybody’s business but since pleading did not work, this is the only way to compel them to do what they are supposed to do.”

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