May 24, 2024
VAT: Continue to pay it to us — FIRS
VAT: Continue to pay it to us --- FIRS
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VAT: Continue to pay it to us — FIRS

By Eyo Nsima

The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has urged taxpayers in Nigeria to continue to pay their Value Added Tax (VAT) to it.

In a statement obtained by The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, in Abuja, weekend, the FIRS noted that the directive became necessary following a recent judgment obtained by the Rivers State Government at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, which ruled that states, and not the Federal Government, should collect VAT.

Specifically, the statement signed by Mr. Abdullahi Ahmad, Director of Communications and Liaison Department, stated: “The attention of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has been drawn to the trending report that, on 19/08/2021, the Government of Rivers State took steps to enact a Value Added Tax Law for Rivers State following the Judgment of the Federal High Court Port Harcourt Division on 9th August 2021 in Suit No: CS/149/2020.  The suit was about who has the constitutional duty for the collection of VAT and Personal income tax in Rivers State.

“We wish to inform the general public that, before the above-mentioned steps taken by the Government of Rivers State, FIRS had lodged an appeal against the above judgment and had also filed an application for a stay of execution of the Judgment as well asking the Court for an injunction pending determination of the appeal.

“All parties to the suit are aware that both applications were heard on the 19th and 20th August 2021 and are awaiting the decision of the Court.”

It added: “Given that the Court of Appeal is yet to rule on the Appeal from the Judgement of Federal High Court and that the Federal High Court is yet to deliver a ruling on FIRS’s applications for stay of execution and injunction, members of the public are advised to continue to comply with their Value Added Tax obligations until the matter is resolved by the appellate courts.”

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