A Purported N118 Million Tax Default Prompts the Gombe Irs to Close Access Bank Accounts|

The Gombe State Internal Revenue Service Board has shut down two Access Bank branches in the state capital over suspected N118 million in unpaid taxes between 2008 and 2019.

The alleged unpaid taxes span the period 2008 to 2019.

Abubakar Tata, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, told journalists on Monday in Gombe that the board had given a demand notice to the bank,

but that the bank had failed to react, resulting in the board taking action after the 30-day notice period had expired.

Rather than cooperating and paying the amount, Mr. Tata claimed, the bank filed a complaint against the Board with the Tax Affairs Tribunal in Bauchi in March 2020, which was dismissed.

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In response to the demand notice sent to Access Bank, previously Diamond Bank, the service expected them to object if they were not comfortable with the demand notice and the amount, but they did not object and did not respond.

According to the law, if you do not object within 30 days, whatever is served on you becomes final, binding, and conclusive.

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A Purported N118 Million Tax Default Prompts the Gombe Irs to Close Access Bank Accounts

They chose to go to court instead of responding, which we pursued with our legal team until we received a judgment that their lawsuit had been dismissed and that they were had to come and pay the liability, which was around 118 million Naira.

” We have a consultant who has been working with us since 2008 and has completed a tax audit. “The N118m represents a total of all of the N118m.”

Even though he urged the bank to comply with the notice, Mr. Tata maintained that the service would not be put on hold any longer.

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I am calling on all tax-paying entities and organizations in Gombe State to adhere to the rules set out in the Gombe State Revenue Codification and Consolidation Law,

as well as the procedures that must be followed when issuing demand notices and notices of assessment because there is a great deal at stake.

” In the event that I receive an alarm today, I will come and remove the seal,” Tata continued.

Abubakar Danmusa, a customer of the bank who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES about the development, urged the bank to work with the board of directors to rectify the situation.

He explained that “every month, I receive more than N1,000 in debit from them since they do not return their taxes to the government.

” But I don’t have access to another bank, so they should take this up with the government,” I say.

Another customer, Gambo Dauda, stated that he had been adversely affected by the closure of the bank’s premises.

Mr. Dauda, who was one of the customers whose transactions were halted, encouraged the bank to accept responsibility for the situation.

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