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Tax Evasion: LASG after Davido, AY and Others

Tax evasion….Davido 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.

Punch Newspapers has reported that the Lagos State Government is not happy with tax evasive attitude of most Nigerian Celebrities. In the report, the news platform fingered ace comedian Ayo Makun, and singer David Adeleke. The report added that the due may be facing a legal battle as the Lagos State Government has taken them to court.

Punch further revealed that the LASG sued Davido on July 2017. Meanwhile AY’s case  has been going back and forth with the government since 2016.

On their part, the duo claimed they pay their taxes to their states of origin. ( Davido to his native Osun State and AY to Ondo State;)

An anonymous official who spoke with Punch said; ‘Notable among these alleged tax offenders are two of Nigeria’s celebrated artistes –Davido and AY, the comedian. Both artistes have had a long standing battle with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion. Davido, who has record deals with Sony Music Entertainment and endorsement agreements with various companies in Nigeria, has not filed his tax returns or remit any taxes to the Lagos State Government.’

He further added 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.’

According to the Nigerian constitution, tax evasion is punishable with a jail term of up to five years. In other places in the world, celebrities such as Lauryn Hill,DMX, Jarule. Wesley Snipes and many other have served prison sentences for evading tax.

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