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LIRS extends deadline for annual tax returns submission

By Idowu Abdullahi, 

As part of measures to cushion the effect of coronavirus on Lagosians, the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has extended the deadline for the submission of Annual Tax Returns (ATR) in the state.

It said the adverse effect of the pandemic on the country’s economy, particularly, the state economy had necessitated the extension to further let business settle down and reorganize following the gradual ease of the lockdown earlier imposed by the Federal and State governments.

The LIRS Executive Chairman, Ayodele Subair, revealed that the filing of the annual tax returns for individual taxpayers and self-employed earlier scheduled for June 1st has been extended to June 30.

Subair, through a public notice, shared on the agency’s social media page, urged taxpayers to adhere to safety measures put in place by the state government and other relevant stakeholders in supporting the government efforts toward mitigating the spread of the virus.

“This is to bring to the attention of the general public that as part of the ongoing efforts by the Lagos State Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has further extended the deadline for filing of Annual Tax Returns for individual taxpayers including self-employed persons from June 1st to June 30th, 2020.

“Taxpayers are enjoined to access our eTax platform for all tax administration matters, including the filing of annual returns, generation of assessment and payment schedule, and payment of liabilities from the comfort of your homes and offices.

“Simply log on to the eTax platform via https://etax.lirs.net or call our customer care center on 07000 CALL LIRS (07002255477). For further inquiries, alternative payment platforms, and updates on our business operations, kindly visit our website (www.lirs.gov.ng) or check any of our social media platforms.

“The management and staff of LIRS implore our esteemed taxpayers to stay safe and follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines as issued by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and relevant health authorities,” the notice read.

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