Olufolarin Ogunsanwo,

· Vows to prosecute tax avoiders, evaders

Gboyega Akinsanmi

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it was mandatory for housemaids, gatemen, private guards and all domestic workers in the state to pay tax henceforth, citing the country’s gnawing fiscal crisis as the rationale for the decision.

The state government disclosed that it had established a rapid tax prosecution unit in the Ministry of Justice, noting that the long arm of the law “will catch up with any resident who avoids or evades tax in the state.”

The Chairman of Lagos Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, unveiled the reforms at a news conference he addressed alongside the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem among others.

At the conference, Ogunsanwo explained its decision to bring all categories of domestic staff in the state’s tax net, which he said, became necessary due to the dwindling revenue accruable to the state from the Federation Account.