Tax evasion: Customs move against jet owners, generates N7.9bn in 2021

The management of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has expressed its readiness to move against owners of private jets who are avoiding tax payments for their luxury items.  

According to the spokesman of the service, Mr. Joseph Attah, the service would henceforth subject them to a fresh verification exercise for documentation.

This is coming just as he also revealed that the service generated the sum of N799,024,705,961.00 between January 1 to May 30 2021.

Addressing the media on Monday in Abuja, Attah said the exercise was necessitated due to the economic and security situation of the country, adding that it (the exercise) would be in strict compliance with all regulations of the country.

“Due to the reluctance of some highly placed individuals to pay taxes, the Nigeria Customs Service will be taking stock of all privately owned aircraft in the country.

“This is to ensure strict compliance with all relevant regulations governing importation of such aircrafts.”

He urged private airline owners or their representatives to report to its headquarters in Abuja with: Certificate of Registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate (FOCC) NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate (MCC), NCAA’s Permit for Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) and Temporary Import Permit (TIP) (where application).

He added that the exercise would begin from June 7 to July 6.

Attah stated that the sum was higher than the amount generated same period last year to the tune of N226,110,610,991.00.

“The feat was made possible due to strict implementation of all extant rules governing imports, exports and excise in Nigeria, strategic deployment of officers, automation of the processes and regulations, increasing inclination of officers and men to put national interest above selves.”

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