FIRs Freezes Bank Account of 14,000 Anambra Business Men… Ezeonwuka Kicks

FIRs Freezes Bank Account of 14,000 Anambra Business Men… Ezeonwuka Kicks
By Alphonsus Nweze
Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, the Ogilisigbo and Proprietor of Rojenny Tourist Village, Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State has raised alarm over alleged plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled Federal Government to cripple the economy of Ndigbo through indiscriminate tax assessment
He alleged massive freezing of bank accounts of prominent businessmen in Anambra State by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
But a source from FIRS who spoke on the condition of anonymity denied the allegation of sabotaging the business of Ndigbo but pointed out that the Services had recently embarked on massive freezing of accounts of about 14, 000 businesses registered with Corporate Affairs Commision which failed to make their tax returns.
The FIRS source said that the companies gave fake addresses which made it almost impossible to locate their offices, so they had to resort to their bank account, hence the freezing of their account until they were properly assessed .
The source also alleged that businessmen in this part of the county do not pay their taxes, hence the freezing of their bank accounts to compel them to comply.
The freezing of accounts and their assessment was being done in Abuja, so anybody whose bank account was freezed should go to Abuja to solve his or her problem.

But Chief Ezeonwuka said when they approached the FIRS to pay their taxes, they imposed staggering amount, which most of them have never made in the last five years.
For instance, he said, he was asked to pay a tax of N20m, which he said was unrealistic given the fact that in the Rojenny Tourist Village, they don’t make up to N500,000 .
Ezeonwuka however, said it was unfortunate that Buhari was bent in impoverishing Ndigbo for them to succumb to their plot to set up RUGA settlement in the South East.
He querried the rationale for the Federal Government that wants to construct RUGA settlement in 36 States of the Federation with the people’s money but would be imposing unfair tax regime on the South East businessmen.
“How much tax do these herdsmen who go about killing innocent and harmless Nigerians and their sponsors pay? Yet Buhari has been insistent in constructing RUGA settlement with public fund. And he wants to further impoverish our traders ” he said.

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