The Lagos state government today announced the establishment of a Rapid Tax Prosecution Unit to aid the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) in its drive to collect taxes. The unit would work closely with the Revenue Court which the Chief Judge of Lagos State recently agreed to set up.

The statement states that prosecution and jail term for defaulting taxpayers will be a tool that will be actively used to ensure full compliance. It was further stated that tax officers will be very aggressive in their collection of taxes and the public is hereby advised to cooperate with them because obstruction of these tax officers in their lawful duty can and will lead to prosecution.

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