LIRS gives employers of labor January 31 deadline

 Employers of labor in Lagos State have been given up till the
January31, 2021, to file their company’s annual return to avoid
penalties.  According to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Services,
this is in line with  the  Personal  Income  Tax  Act  (PITA)  Cap  P8
 LFN  2011  (as  amended). LIRS in a statement released, urged all
employers to file their company’s annual tax returns on or before the
31st January deadline.

 The  Agency’s  eTax  platform,  launched  in  October,  2019  gives
taxpayers  the  opportunity  to  comply  with  all  COVID -19
protocols,  by  filing  their  tax  returns   from the comfort of
their offices  or  homes.  In addition, all digital platforms and tax
portals are available for taxpayers’ use and convenience.  The Annual
Tax Returns, which show each employee’s emoluments and tax paid in
year  2020,  are  to  be  filed  via  LIRS  online  portals  only  as
manual  filing  is  no  longer  acceptable.  Tax  assessments,
payments  and  other  tax  administration  matters  can  also  be
carried  out  on  the  same  platforms.

The LIRS customer care hotline: 0700 CALL LIRS (0700-2255-5477),
website: www.lirs.gov.ng, chat rooms and the various social media
platforms @lirsgovng are available for enquiries.

The Executive Chairman of LIRS, Mr. Ayodele Subair, noted that in the
face of the prevailing  realities  of  the  COVID-19  pandemic  and
its  effects  on  businesses,  penalties  and  fines  may  be  an
additional  burden  on  companies’  finances,  and therefore  urges
all  employers  of  labor  to  file  their  returns  within  the
period  stipulated  by  law.

He explained further that the essence of the ongoing media campaign
and numerous reminders and appeals to companies on this statutory
obligation, is to ensure they file early, to avoid sanctions.  The
steps  to  file  are  available  on  all  LIRS  communication
channels,  however,  taxpayers   with   difficulties   filing   are
also   welcome   to   seek   assistance   with   specially designated
staff at the LIRS  tax stations.

LIRS   have  made  the  process  simple,  quick,  secure  and
reliable  for  their  esteemed  taxpayers.  The tax agency  are  also
available  on  various  digital  platforms  to  assist  taxpayers  on
the process of e-filing. The LIRS urges all Lagos State residents and
businesses to stay safe and obey all Covid-19 guidelines as stipulated
by the relevant health authorities and the Lagos State Government.

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