Appeal Court halts Rivers, Lagos from collecting VAT

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has halted the Rivers government from Value Added VAT until all legal disputes relating to the matter are resolved.

The court ordered that the judgment of the state high court from which the state authorities to the tax be implemented.

Justice Haruna Simon Tsanami who issued the order in Abuja on Friday also directed that the law passed by Rivers State House of Assembly and assented to by Nyesom Ezenwo Wike must not be implemented.

The appellate court held that since parties have submitted themselves to the authorities of the court for adjudication of the matter, they must not do anything that will destroy the subject matter of the appeal.

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In specific terms, Justice Tsanami granted status quo ante in favour of the Federal Revenue Services FIRS and against the respondents.

The matter has been slated for September 16 for a hearing of the for joinder by Lagos State.

FIRS, in an appeal marked CA/PH/282/2021, is praying the court to set aside the judgment of a Rivers State High Court which granted powers to the state to collect Value Added Tax, VAT.

The tax collection agency is also asking the appellate court to the execution of Rivers’ judgment.

Details later…

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