Plateau tax agency takes Jos electricty to court over N1.8b

March 21, 2021
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By Kingsley Chukwuka

The Plateau State Internal Revenue Service has dragged the Jos Electricty Distribution Company (JEDC), to court over none remittance of N1.8 billion as tax owned the agency.

Mentioning the case at a sitting of the tribunal on Friday, the court however adjourned the case as the defence counsel reminded the tribunal that the 30 days allowed for filling of reply has not been exhausted.

Though appellant counsel was ready, the court had to allow room for filing of reply by the respondent in accordance with the court rules and procedures.

In its appeal, the Plateau State Internal Revenue claimed that the JEDC is in default obligation to the tune of N1.8 billion.

The appellant claimed it has followed all the laid down processes to get JEDC offset it’s accumulated tax liability but that the defendant failed to pay.

Breakdown of the accumulated sum showed that the defendant is owing PAYE of N840 million, development levy on payroll amounting to N1m, withholding tax of N50.7m.

The appellant also claimed that 10% of the tax liability as well as 21% interest to bring the total of liability to N1.8 billion.

The appellant is therefore prayed the court to compel the respondent to pay the sum of N1.8b being the tax liability that accumulated between a period of 2015 and 2016.

Chairman of the Tribunal Hon. Richard Umar Bala has however adjourned the case to 24th May 2021.

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