The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) yesterday announced that it has appealed a recent Federal High Court verdict in Port Harcourt that permits states to collect Value Added Tax (VAT), requesting a restoration to the status quo.
Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department, of the FIRS, made the announcement in a statement.
“This is to inform the general public that the Federal Inland Revenue Service has filed an appeal against Honourable Justice Stephen Pam’s judgment of the Federal High Court Port Harcourt Judicial Division in SUIT NO. FHC/PH/CS/149/2020-ATTORNEY GENERAL OF RIVERS STATE v. FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE SERVICE & ANOTHER, delivered by Honourable Justice Stephen Pam, in SUIT NO. FHC/PH/CS We’ve also asked for an injunction while the case is being appealed, as well as a stay of the judgment’s execution.
“Because the decision is being appealed, and in light of the pending applications for injunction and stay of execution filed in court by the FIRS in response to the judgment, members of the public are advised to continue to comply with the Value Added Tax obligations until the matter is resolved by the appellate courts in order to avoid accruing the penalties and interest for non-compliance.”