Court Dismisses Buhari Government’s Move To Stop Rivers State From Collecting Value-Added Tax

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has dismissed an software by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, in search of to cease the Rivers State Government from accumulating Value Added Tax, VAT within the State.

FIRS in go well with no FHC/PH/CS/149/2020 had by a movement on discover utilized for a Stay of Execution on the sooner judgement of the courtroom presided over by Justice  Stephen Dalyop Pam, that declared that it was the constitutionally function of State governments to gather VAT and never FIRS.

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Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam, in his ruling on FIRS software for a keep of execution, stated the granting the applying would negate the precept of fairness.

He famous that the Rivers State Government by the State Assembly, has duly enacted Rivers State Value Added Tax No. 4, 2021, which makes it a authentic proper of the state to gather VAT.

According to the decide, each courtroom within the nation is constitutionally mandated to obey each laws enacted by each the National and state Assemblies respectively. 

He defined that the Rivers State authorities legislation on VAT stays legitimate till it has been put aside by a courtroom of competent jurisdiction.

Justice Pam said that since FIRS was ab initio performing in error by accumulating VAT in Rivers State, and had large burden of refund of these monies, there was want to not permit it incur additional legal responsibility.

The decide declared that the FIRS software is refused and dismissed within the mild of the truth that all subsisting legal guidelines regarding the assortment of VAT stand in favour of the Rivers State Government.

Earlier, Justice Pam had learn a letter that FIRS attorneys served the courtroom in search of for keep of any ruling on their software.

But, within the absence of any requisite doc that should have been connected to the letter, the decide dismissed the letter.

Speaking on the implication of the ruling, the counsel for Rivers State Government, Mark Agwu, stated the Rivers State Government was nonetheless entitled to gather VAT inside the State.

“Today, the court has delivered its ruling dismissing the said application for stay of execution, though without cost. In fact, the court’s reason is that if it should grant stay, it is more or less like over- ruling itself.

“And then, because the courtroom is empowered to acknowledge all legal guidelines enacted by the National Assembly or the State Houses of Assembly, due to this fact, that legislation(Rivers) stands, it’s a substantive legislation.

“Therefore, the problem of assortment of VAT, because it stands as we speak; Rivers State Government remains to be entitled to so gather. That is the place we’re as we speak.”

In his response, the Rivers State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Isaac Kamalu stated the choice by the courtroom confirmed the place that Rivers State had the authority to gather VAT.

Lead counsel to Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) Reuben Wanogho, stated the courtroom delivered its ruling on the premise of the way it noticed the details of the case earlier than it.

According to him, they didn’t agree with the ruling and already resolved to take all needed steps to problem it.

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Court Dismisses Buhari Government’s Move To Stop Rivers State From Collecting Value-Added Tax

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