MultiChoice Told to Pay U.S.$2.2 Billion to Nigerian Tax Service

Pay TV company MultiChoice has been ordered to pay U.S.$2.2-billion in disputed taxes in Nigeria. Paying this sum is a precondition of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) hearing the case.

In early July 2021, FIRS said that it had instructed banks to freeze the accounts of MultiChoice Africa and its Nigerian subsidiary, for breaching agreements and denying access to records for auditing. The revenue service issued the instruction to recover U.S.$4.4 billion. At the time, MultiChoice said it had not been formally notified about the matter but said the case appeared to be based on "unfounded allegations" that MultiChoice Nigeria had not fully disclosed all its existing subscribers to the authorities.


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