Lagos state government has told Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo to pay N18.6million as personal income tax within seven days.
In the letter addressed to the actress which was signed by the Director of new Growth Area, Jimi Aina, Iyabo Ojo has a tax liability of N7,376,000.00 for the year 2022 and an outstanding liability of N11,264,092 for 2021 income year.
The actress was given a 7-day ultimatum to pay up or face consequences.
She however took to her Instagram page to question the rationale behind arriving at such “outrageous amount.”
The actress said: “Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu please, how do you people come up with these outrageous personal income taxes you send on a daily basis?
“After paying for different types of taxes for one’s businesses, house and all, you still come up with all this huge amount and give me 7 days to pay up, lol. Last time, you people asked me to come to your office, I came, you asked me to explain and declare what I earn, which I did with my tax consultant, but noooooooooooooo you did not respond to my letter, because you want me to pay you an outrageous amount that I do not have, make i go theif ni? I ask again, “How do you people come up with such outrageous bills.”
“I don’t know how much you think I get paid. Hence, your team will come up with this conclusion.
”What have you people ever done for me as a government? NOTHING!!! I have single-handedly raised my kids and so many others, plus myself without a single penny from the government. Yet you feel so entitled to reaping over 100% from where you did not sow.
”I have worked, and I’m still working tirelessly to survive in this country without the support of the government, but yet you just sit in your office and come up with different outrageous bills. Nothing is working right in this country but yet you feel the need to take from where you have not sworn.
”Since you guys insist, You can gladly come and close down my business, arrest me, jail me, or kill me for all I care, we all will die one day and I will never be afraid of what will eventually be everyone’s faith… what I do not have I can not give. I have no FEAR.”
It would be recalled that the actress had also been slammed with a tax liability of N37,502,256.00 in 2019, covering 2014 to 2017.
I won’t pay N18m tax, Iyabo Ojo tells Lagos govt
Popular Yoruba Nollywood actress has tackled Lagos State Government on the exorbitant tax levy of N18,640,092 she got from Lagos Internal Revenue Service on Monday with seven days ultimatum, adding that she is not ready to pay.
Sharing the pictures of the personal income tax signed on the letterhead of the LIRS on her verified Instagram handle, Ojo said she will not pay and is ready to be arrested because she doesn’t understand the methodology behind the frequent issuance of the tax levy.
In the currently-deleted post, she wrote, “Jidesanwoolu @lagosstategovt, please, how do you people come up with these outrageous personal income taxes you send on a daily basis?
“After paying different types of taxes for one’s businesses, house & all…. you still come up with all this huge amount and give me 7 days to pay up, lol.”
Ojo narrated how she went to the office of the LIRS to explain all she earns as a businesswoman which she did only for her to get the outrageous levy from the state government.
“Make i go theif ni? I ask again, “How do you (sic) people come up with such outrageous bills,” she queried.
“I don’t know how much you think I get paid. Hence, your team will come up with this conclusion.”
She further questioned what the government has done to improve her life, adding, “I have single-handedly raised my kids and so many others, plus myself without a single help from the government. Yet you feel so entitled to reap over 100 per cent from where you did not sow.”
“Nothing is working right in this country, but yet you feel the need to take from where you have not sown.”
Ojo added that the government is free to come arrest, jail her and also close down her business because she is not ready to pay the levy.
Recall that LIRS had requested the Yoruba actress to pay a total sum of N18,640,092.00 as personal income tax within seven days or face consequences of defaulting.
According to the Lagos government, Ojo has a tax liability of N7,376,000.00 for the year 2022 and an outstanding liability of N11,264,092 for the 2021 income year
Source – punch