IT is now an offence in Lagos State for you to hold a party anywhere in the state without paying N10, 000 as merriment tax to the state government, through the local governments.
Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye made the clarification at a press conference in Lagos. He said the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget has carried out a research and came out with the findings that over N1 billion is spent monthly on entertainment in Lagos.
He said people spend the money on entertainment without bothering to pay anything into confers of the state government. He explained that there are individuals who parade themselves as local government staff and collect taxes whereas they are not, adding however that entertainment tax is part of the taxes okayed for local governments in the state
“But concerning merriment, there is merriment tax. It is part of the rates that the local governments can collect. There are statistic taken by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget that over N1 billion is spent on entertainment monthly in Lagos State. We have it on record. These people, how many of them pay tax? And the money goes into drinks, Champagne, food, hall rentals, aso-ebi and all of that. When they pay all of these, they won’t pay anything to the government. So, please you have to bear with us”, he pleaded.