Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of executive power, failed to remit taxes, such as pay as you earn(PAYE), value-added tax(VAT) and withholding tax (WHT), to the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS) in 2016 despite deducting at the source, TheCable reports.
The two chambers of the national assembly also failed to remit these taxes same year. These revelations are contained in the just-released 2016 annual report of the auditor-general of the federation obtained by TheCable.
The auditor-general said State House headquarters did not remit N253,194,782.74 in taxes, while State House operations (president) withheld N10,500,471.26 and State House operations (vice president) N7,497,570.93. A total of 109 ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) — including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) — failed to remit taxes to the appropriate agencies during the audited period, according to the report signed by AM Ayine, the auditor-general of the federation.
Also named as defaulters are teaching hospitals, national parks, federal government colleges, polytechnics, universities, federal ministry of justice, the office of the head of the civil service of the federation, Nigerian Prison Service, Nigerian Television Authority and National Emergency Management Agency.