Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Tribunal orders DSTV to pay N900bn tax backlog

A Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) sitting in Lagos has ordered Multichoice Nigeria Limited, owners of popular cable television services, DSTV, to pay 50 per cent of N1.8 trillion to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) before the Appeal proceedings start.

The Nation

 The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had determined through forensic audit that Multichoice Nigeria Limited had failed to pay to the Federal Government in past assessment years N1.8 trillion.

A statement from the FIRS on Wednesday said a five-member TAT led by its Chairman, Professor A.B. Ahmed, issued the order following an application to it by the Counsel to FIRS.

This amount, the FIRS argued, “constitutes what the FIRS calculated as due in taxation to the Federal Government of Nigeria from Multichoice after an investigation over several months to determine the extent to which Multichoice has been evading taxes in Nigeria”.

MultiChoice’ Counsel wanted time “to enable it to respond to the FIRS’ formal application for accelerated hearing of the appeal and prayer before the TAT to order Multichoice to produce DSTV’s revenue and subscriber database, among other prayers”.

In response, however, the FIRS Counsel asked TAT to issue an order requiring that Multichoice makes the statutory deposit of 50 percent of the disputed sum.

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