The Kaduna government is eyeing lots of cash from unpaid taxes allegedly owed by 9 banks.

The state’s Internal Revenue Service, KDIRS, said it has started discussion with 9 commercial banks to recover 2.3 billion naira withholding tax they allegedly owed state authorities.

Francis Kozah, Legal Adviser told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN on Monday in Kaduna said the 2.3 billion naira was the total amount of tax the banks allegedly failed to remit to the state government between 2011 and 2016.

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Kozah, however, said that one of the 10 banks had challenged the matter in court.

“I am happy to say that when we pasted the Notice to Distrain in the affected banks, the banks immediately came to us for discussion.

“Some have even paid part of their liabilities and discussion is ongoing for the remaining amount. I am confident we will soon put the matter to rest,” he said.

He advised other defaulting establishments to do the needful to avoid embarrassment, adding that the agency’s doors are open for discussions.

“Certainly, we are going to be fair but firm. Tax assessment has been sent out, and we are identifying those that refused to respond.

“I assure you that we will use our enforcement and legal unit to prosecute all defaulters,” Kozah said.