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Lagos wins round one in VAT collection battle as court joins it as respondent against FIRS

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The Court docket of Enchantment in Abuja on Thursday permitted and joined Lagos because the third respondent within the fierce authorized battle in opposition to the Federal Inland Income Service, FIRS, on the gathering of Worth Added Tax, VAT.

The court docket held that Lagos has established past doubt that it has substantial and ample authorized proper and curiosity to guard within the income assortment dispute.

In a unanimous ruling, the court docket ordered that each one processes filed in respect of the go well with be served on Lagos as a 3rd respondent to allow the state to reply as required by regulation to the attraction filed by FIRS.

Justice Haruna Simon Tsamani, who delivered the lead ruling, mounted October 7 for the continuation of additional listening to within the matter.

He additionally ordered that the matter be moved from Abuja to the Port Harcourt division of the Court docket of Enchantment for additional listening to of the case.

The attraction by the FIRS is in opposition to the August 9, 2021 judgment by Justice Steven Pam of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, voiding the VAT Act and holding the states may gather VAT.

A 3-man panel, led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsanami, after listening to arguments by attorneys to events on September 16, mentioned they’d be told when the ruling was prepared.

In arguing Lagos’ software, the state’s Legal professional Normal, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) mentioned his consumer was a mandatory get together as it will be affected by the end result of the case.

Lawyer to Rivers State, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), agreed with Onigbajo and urged the court docket to hitch Lagos, whereas attorneys to FIRS and the Legal professional Normal of the Federation (AGF), Mahmud Magaji (SAN) and Tijani Gazali (SAN) argued in any other case and prayed the court docket to not be a part of Lagos.

Particulars later…

Enchantment Court docket to rule on VAT assortment dispute 2 pm right now

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