The Borno state board of internal revenue has named seven agencies of the United Nations whose properties would be seized for not paying tax to the state government.
This agencies includes WHO, WFP, UNICEF, UNDP, UNOCHA, FAO and UNHCR.
Chairman of the Revenue Board, Muhammad Alkali, told The Humanitarian Times at a news conference that the named humanitarian agencies had refused to allow their workers to comply with the pay as you earn (PAYE) laws of the state.
Mr Alkali said agencies of the UN as entities are exempted from payment of tax as stipulated by international standards.
“However, they are mandated by Personal Income Tax Act CAP P8 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 mandates staff and contractors of the agencies to remit to the state government what is known as PAYE and withholding tax,” he said.
The BOIRS said it has communicated to affected agencies through all officials means including a visit to the UNOCHA country office in Abuja yet all efforts were ignored.
The revenue has there by “taken steps to serve the agencies with notices of seizure of properties with after 30 days of grace to take effect on February 24, 2022.
The Board said it appreciates the services of the humanitarian workers, but that does not excuse their disregard for the local laws especially by their Nigerian workers.
Details to come later….