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The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has appointed some commercial banks as agents to recover the sum of N1.8trn from accounts of MultiChoice Nigeria Limited (MCN) And MultiChoice Africa (MCA), the owners of DSTV and GOTV.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami and released on Thursday.

The statement confirmed that the decision to appoint the banks as agents and to freeze Multichoice accounts was as a result of the group’s continued refusal to grant FIRS access to its servers for audit.

It was discovered that the Multichoice persistently breached all agreements and undertakings with the Service.

The FIRS stated that the owners of DSTV/GOTV have failed to promptly respond to correspondences, they lack data integrity and are not transparent as they continually deny FIRS access to their records.

Particularly, it said MCN has avoided giving the FIRS accurate information on the number of itssubscribers 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 statement added.

The statement explained further that the group’s performance does not reflect in its tax obligations and compliance level in Nigeria.

It added, “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.

“The issue with Tax collection in Nigeria, especially from foreign-based Companies conductingbusinesses in Nigeria and making massive profits is frustrating and infuriating to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

“Regrettably, Companies come into Nigeria just to infringe on our tax laws by indulging in tax evasion. There is no doubt that broadcasting, telecommunications and the cable-satellite industries have changed the face of communication in Nigeria.

“However, when it comes to tax compliance, some companies are found wanting. They do with impunity in Nigeria what they dare not try in their countries of origin.”

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