Tribunal reverses FIRS’ N29.2 VAT on bank

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THE Tax Appeal Tribunal, sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, reversed N29.2 million Federal Inland Revenue Service imposed as value added tax on Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank.

The bank had challenged FIRS’s imposition of the amount.

The tribunal chairman, Mrs Alice Iriogbe, delivering judgment, held that FIRS failed to prove that those services carried out by the bank were ‘VATable’.

He held further that the bank was not liable to be taxed on those services according to the VAT Act and Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2011 as amended.

Iriogbe further held that the FIRS Service Information Status number 9 also supports the fact that such services by Mortgage Institutions were not VATable.

“In this circumstance, the tribunal holds that the VAT assessment dated May 17, 2018, in the sum of N29.2 million and the Respondent’s Demand Notice dated July 5, 2018 are hereby discharged,” The tribunal held

The appellant (the bank) had sought the order of the tribunal for the annulment of the FIRS’s assessment or demand notice dated May 17 and July 6, served on it with a penalty at 10 per cent and interest at 15 per cent.

In its defence, FIRS argued that the letter of review and audited accounts were valid and issued in accordance with the relevant provisions of the law. (NAN)

– June 18, 2019 @ 13:32 GMT |

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