Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said his administration would explore avenue provided by the Tax Appeal Tribunal to ensure quick resolution of tax matters in the State. He stated this on Monday while declaring open a one-day Stakeholders’ Forum organized by the Tax Appeal Tribunal Northwest Zone, held at Tahir Guest Palace. Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna noted that the need for timely and correct payment of tax by all taxpayers is a civic responsibility that should be encouraged at all levels. “It is clear that all over the world, taxes, levies and charges constitute the most sustainable sources of revenue to Government for executing development projects. Where they are not paid, Government has to resolve to legal options of filling cases against defaulters at the tax appeal tribunal for adjudication. “So, as Government uses revenue from tax sources to execute major programmes and projects in the areas of education, health, skills development, agriculture and infrastructure for the wellbeing of the good people of Kano, a high sense of responsibility is develop “. The Governor said Kano State Government had taken full advantage of the jurisdiction factions of the Northwest panel of the Tax Appeal Tribunal. “Out of the thirteen cases inherited by the Tribunal after its inauguration on November 5th 2019, records have shown that eleven of the cases came from Kano State Government. Out of the eleven, nine cases have been amicably resolved and settled “. In strengthening this substantial progress achieved by the State on tax appeal tribunal, Ganduje said it will further encouraged the State Internal Revenue Service and Local Government revenue committees to present all unresolved revenue cases to the tribunal. The Governor however called on the Stakeholders to actively participate in the interaction to utilise the opportunity provided, adding that the State through its Internal revenue service would embark on sensitization campaign to create awareness on the tax appeal tribunal. Earlier, the Chairman Tax Appeal Tribunal, Northwest Zone Barrister Umar M. Adamu explained that the forum aims at bringing together taxpayers, tax authorities and tax practitioners from the three tiers of Government to discuss issues pertaining tax and tax tribunal. Umar explained that Tax Appeal Tribunal was created by law under section 59 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service establishment act of 2007 which serves as disputes resolutions mechanism between the taxpayers and tax authorities. “When it comes to rendering its judgement, all what the tribunal is care about are the substances of the cases before it,” he assured. During the one day Stakeholders Forum, Professor Kabiru Isa Dandago of Bayero University Kano presented a paper on’ Mission and Vision of Tax Appeal Tribunal.
Source: News Bay