Lagos State Government and Nigerian actress, Iyabo Ojo are at loggerheads over N18 million tax liabilities for two years.
The state government is asking the actress to pay N18,640,092.00 as personal income tax for the years 2021 and 2022 within seven days.
It said Iyabo 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.
But Ojo has described the tax assessment and liability as ridiculous while faulting the process of assessment she posted the demand letter on her Instagram page. She said she had once gone to the office of the Lagos State of Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) to declare what she earns but the government has refused to respond to her letter.
She wrote calling out the government.
“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.”