City files suit against Nigerian government over unpaid real estate taxes

January 12, 2010 01:02PM

The city has filed suit against the Nigerian government for upwards of $16 million in unpaid real estate taxes associated with a 22-story commercial office building it owns at 828 Second Avenue on the corner of 44th Street, according to a press release sent today by the mayor’s office. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the city decided to seek the unfulfilled payments, dating back to 1993, because Nigerian officials had been improperly taking advantage of a tax exemption at the building. City officials claim that the Nigerian government was using the building for commercial purposes while accepting tax breaks from the city. “For non-diplomatic uses, we expect foreign governments to pay their fair share of property taxes, just like all New Yorkers do,” Bloomberg said in the release. TRD

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