The Kaduna and Kano State governments through their boards of internal revenue have taken some federal government agencies to the north- west zone of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, sitting in Kaduna for failure to remit taxes to them.
On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Kaduna State board of internal revenue, dragged the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria, before the tribunal, with respect to unremitted PAYE (Pay as you earn) and withholding taxes, totaling N6,169,774,658.01, which were all taxes due, to the Kaduna State government, but were unremitted, between the years 2007 and 2012.
The tribunal, which has just been newly- reconstituted, with Umaru M. Adamu as chairman, Abubakar Gwandu Sameerah, Bayero A.S Mohammed, Dr Ahmed Kumshe, Isa Kabir Dandago, as commissioners, also attended to tax issues against Kaduna Polytechnic, brought before it for unremitted personal income taxes and withholding taxes, for the period, 2007 and 2012, totaling, N3,346,864,461.06.
On the other hand, the Kano State Board of Inland Revenue on Thursday, November 29, brought before the tribunal, appeals to determine whether they were entitled to recover from the National Orthopedic and another, the sum of N18,672,474,25, being also withholding and PAYE taxes, due for the 2011 and 2012 year of assessment.
Bayero University Kano, alongside the minister of education and the minister of finance were also brought before the tribunal with respect to withholding taxes and PAYE taxes, for the 2004, to 2009 year of assessment, in the sum of N1,829,842,076.96.
Also brought before the tribunal via various appeal for determination, was the National Independent Electoral commission (INEC), in the sum of N200,021,335.96, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), in the sum of N17,303,000.00, the National Examination Council (NECO) in the sum of N17,732,000.00. The Federal College of Education Bichi, in the sum of N250,492,645.10.
Also, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), in the sum of N31,141,588.03, the Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB), in the sum of N5,447,673.07.
Also brought before the tribunal, was the Hadejia Jamare River Basin Authority, in the sum of N129,355,083.02 and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which was also brought before the tribunal for non-remittance of the sum of N21,142,557.30 being unremitted PAYE and withholding taxes.
Finally brought before the tribunal, was the Federal College of Agriculture by the Kano State Board of Internal Revenue, for non-remittance of the sum of N6,870,862.91 being unremitted PAYE and withholding taxes, due for the year of assessment 2009 to 13.
The chairman of the north- west zone, Barrister Umaru M. Adamu, while addressing critical stakeholders during the course of the tribunal sessions, urged all taxpayers, members of professional bodies, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chartered Institute of Taxation, ICAN and ANAN, to avail themselves of the services of the tribunal, as the purpose was to give succor to taxpayers and engender confidence in the tax process.