Kogi, Kwara, be­nue sue cor­po­ra­tions for tax eva­sion

Business a.m. - - NIGERIA FRONTIER MARKETS - Hope Ikwe in Jos

THE GOV ERNMENTS OF KOGI, Kwara and Be­nue states has sued cor­po­rate or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als for tax eva­sion to the tax ap­peal tri­bunal for North Cen­tral zone.

Dangote Flour Mills plc, MTN, Fidelity Bank plc and Oba­jana Agro Sack Lim­ited are cor­po­rate or­ga­ni­za­tions that topped the list of tax evaders brought be­fore the tax court sit­ting in Jos on Wed­nes­day.

Kwara State Gov­ern­ment sued Dangote Flour Mills Lim­ited, Be­nue State sued MTN while Lo­gis­ti­cal State sued Fidelity Bank Plc Oba­jana Agro­sacks Lim­ited for de­fault­ing in tax pay­ments which runs into hun­dreds mil­lions of naira.

Chair­man of the tax ap­peal tri­bunal Richard Bala who dis­closed this at the in­au­gu­ral sit­ting of the court in Jos said, “the Tri­bunal within its ju­ris­dic­tion shall as­sess the col­lec­tion and ac­count­ing of rev­enue ac­cru­able to the gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion” as he urged par­ties in­volved to co­op­er­ate for the suc­cess of the na­tional as­sign­ment.

“The Tri­bunal has com­menced sit­ting in Jos the Plateau State and we are to over­see tax cases from five states in­clud­ing Kwara, Kogi, Be­nue, Nasarawa and Jos, Plateau State as host for the zone” he said .

“The Tax Ap­peal Tri­bunal is im­bued with pow­ers to ad­ju­di­cate over dis­putes aris­ing from “Com­pa­nies In­come Tax Act, CAP. 60 LFN 1990, Per­sonal In­come Tax Act No. 104, 1993; Pe­tro­leum Profit Tax Act CAP. 354 LFN 1990; Value Added Tax Act No.102,1993 and Cap­i­tal Gains Tax Act CAP. 42 LFN 1990 as well as any other Laws that may be made from time to time by the Na­tional As­sem­bly.”

Chair­man of the Plateau State In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice Board Ar­lat Dashe said the tri­bunal is go­ing to re­lieve the Board the trou­bles col­lect­ing in­come taxes from Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment agen­cies, State MDAs and pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions as he re­it­er­ated that the Plateau State gov­ern­ment is go­ing to take ad­van­tage of the tax tri­bunal. Dashe in an in­ter­view with Busi­ness a.m said that as a first ap­proach to re­trieve taxes from evaders, the Board “en­gage cor­po­rate bod­ies in di­a­logue to re­mit their PAYE and in event where they fail to do so we en­force the law by pros­e­cut­ing them”.As for in­di­vid­u­als he said an as­sess­ment to as­cer­tain how much is to be paid by an in­di­vid­ual is car­ried out as most in­di­vid­ual hardly dis­close their in­come. Af­ter­wards they are ed­u­cated on the im­por­tance of pay­ing taxes as he added that most taxes are re­trieved from in­di­vid­u­als when they come for tax clear­ance.

The tri­bunal will com­mence trial of the de­fault­ing com­pa­nies 17 De­cem­ber, 2018.

The Tri­bunal has com­menced sit­ting in Jos the Plateau State and we are to over­see tax cases from five states in­clud­ing Kwara

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