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Tax evasion: MultiChoice vows to work with FIRS to prove compliance

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MultiChoice Nigeria has vowed to work with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to prove tax compliance. 

Recall that the FIRS had confirmed the appointment of some commercial banks as agents to recover N1.8 trillion from accounts of MultiChoice Nigeria Limited (MCN) and MultiChoice Africa (MCA).

Muhammad Nami, FIRS chairman, said the decision to appoint the banks as agents and freeze the accounts was due to the group’s continued refusal to grant FIRS access to its servers for audit.

Commenting on the FIRS’s claim, Nigeria’s pioneer pay TV service provider declared that it has not received any notification over the alleged tax evasion.

Bamidele Johnson, the DStv Multichoice media coordinator, in a statement, said the company would comply with the tax laws of Nigeria.

The statement read: “MultiChoice Nigeria has not received any notification from FIRS. MultiChoice Nigeria respects and is comfortable that it complies with the tax laws of Nigeria.

“We have been and are currently in discussion with FIRS regarding their concerns and believe that we will be able to resolve the matter amicably.”

This medium previously reported that a statement by Abdullahi Ahmad, FIRS director of communications and liaison department, quoted Nami to have said: “Particularly, MCN has avoided giving the FIRS accurate information on the number of its subscribers and income.

“The companies are involved in the under-remittance of taxes which necessitated a critical review of the tax-compliance level of the company.

“The level of non-compliance by Multi-Choice Africa (MCA), the parent Company of Multi-Choice Nigeria (MCN) is very alarming. The parent company, which provides services to MCN has never paid Value Added Tax (VAT) since its inception.”

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Nami disclosed further that Nigeria contributes 34 percent of total revenue for the Multi-Choice group, saying that the next to Nigeria from intelligence gathering is Kenya with 11 percent and Zambia in third place with 10 percent.

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