- The Lagos state government has taken steps to tackle tax evasion by high-profile residents
- It was reported that the state government moved against some celebrities including, singer Davido and comedian AY
In a bid to fight tax evasion in Lagos state, the government has moved against celebrities allegedly believed to be evading tax. It was gathered that some celebrities living in the state have refused to pay tax to the state government.
According to The Punch, the state government sued popular singer David Adeleke known by his stage name Davido and comedian Ayo Makun popularly known as AY to court over alleged tax evasion.
It was discovered that the state government had charged Davido before the Lagos High Court in July, 2017. It was also reported that AY who has had a longer history with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion was also charged to court in 2016.
The Punch reported that a government source disclosed that Davido and AY had claimed that they have been paying tax to their states of origin. Davido reportedly claimed that he was paying to Osun state while AY claimed he paid his tax to Ondo state.
“Remember that Davido said he made N500m from his N30bn concert recently. We must know how much he paid to the LIRS.
“AY too said the same thing. The comedian claimed to be paying his taxes to Ondo State, where he hails from. It seems these celebrities don’t understand that the tax law stipulates that you must pay your tax to your state of residence.
“Anyway, we are already in court. Others will soon appear in court if they don’t obey the state tax law. You can’t be making money in Lagos and refuse to pay tax”, the government source said.
However, in an interview with The Punch, AY noted that he was not aware of the lawsuit against him. He further asked for time to confirm the credibility of the suit with his office.
Meanwhile, Davido’s manager Asa Asika is yet to give details about the alleged lawsuit.
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