The Nasarawa State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with Tax Appeal Tribunal towards enhancing tax payment by educating and enlightening the public on its civic responsibility. The governor of the state, Abdullahi Sule, stated this when he received a delegation of the Tax Appeal Tribunal led by the Zonal Chairman, Richard Bala, in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
The Tax Appeal Tribunal was established in pursuant to Section 59 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service Establishment Act 2007 with the mandate to settle dispute between aggrieved taxpayers and tax authorities as part of the ongoing reforms in the tax administration. It has powers to adjudicate cases arising from company income tax, personal income tax, petroleum profit tax, value added tax and capital gain tax, among others. The governor called on the team to carry on with the awareness campaign and work with the Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Service to ensure the continuity of awareness in the state. The leader of the delegation and Chairman, Tax Appeal Tribunal for North Central, Richard Bala, explained that their mission in the state was to enlighten tax payers on the role of the tribunal as a way of encouraging them to pay their tax. He said, “The importance of tax appeal as component of effective tax administration cannot be overemphasized considering the fact that an ideal tax system should offer a multi-layer objection and appeal process that compels the complainant to go through a mechanism before gaining access to the regular court.”