Relief for businesses as LASG introduces measures to curb COVID-19 effects

As part of its move to cushion the negative effect of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has commenced the implementation of more reliefs and measures to further ease the impact of the pandemic on taxpayers in Lagos State starting from July 16.

These additional measures and incentives are sequel to the agency’s initial threemonth extension of the deadline for filing of annual returns (from March 31 to June 30, 2020).

The Executive Chairman, LIRS, Mr. Ayodele Subair, said: “The following measures are to be implemented to further ease the impact of the pandemic on our esteemed taxpayers in Lagos state: LIRS shall allow on a case by case basis, payment of outstanding liabilities in instalments to ease cash flow challenges that may affect taxpayers.

Taxpayers are to enjoy a waiver of penalty for late payment of liabilities under PAYE (Pay As You Earn) that was due during the period of March-May, 2020 when the state was under COVID-19 lockdown.

“In addition, a waiver of penalties due on late filing of 2020 annual tax returns known as ‘Form A’ will be granted.

A remarkable waiver of interest and penalty on liabilities arising from 2009 to 2015 tax audit for taxpayers who can pay up on or before December 31, 2020 will be implemented.

“In appreciation of taxpayers that have supported the state government in the fight against the pandemic, the LIRS through the state government will be granting tax credit of 20per cent of cash and kind donations made towards COVID-19 by individual residents in the state for the 2021 Year of Assessment (subject to a cap of 35 per cent of tax due).”

He said more payment channels have been opened up to make payment of taxes easier, simpler and more convenient for all.

Subair said video conferencing has been adopted as the default mode for conducting Tax Audit Reconciliation Committee (TARC) meetings in consonance with social distancing advisories from government and other relevant health authorities.

He urged taxpayers to make use of the agency’s digital communication platforms to get updates on its operations and details of all tax payment platforms.

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