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According to Vanguard newspaper, Rivers State wants the apex court to set aside the injunction of the Abuja division of the Appeal Court which asked both Rivers State Government and the Federal Inland Revenue which is an agency of the Federal Government to maintain status quo.
Many Nigerians who believe that states should collect VAT will hail Rivers State for taking such a decision to show its readiness to collect VAT.
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Both the FIRS and Rivers State Government must be prepared to prove their cases at the Supreme Court.
The question is: Can Rivers State under Nyesom Wike win the Federal Government owned FIRS at the Supreme Court headed by Justice Tanko Mohammed?
Yes, Rivers State under Wike can win the Federal Government at the Supreme Court irrespective of who heads it.
Provided the state can prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and convince the Justices of the Supreme Court why the state should collect VAT within its territory.
I believe that Rivers State has a case because for it to win at the Federal High Court and for the Appeal Court to just ask both parties to maintain status-quo shows that the state must have done its homework well before approaching the court.
Also, Wike appears to be convinced that the state will get a victory in the end and that was why he went ahead to inaugurate the Rivers State Tax commission even after the Appeal Court asked both parties to maintain status quo.
The Federal Government is afraid of losing a huge amount of money which it makes from VAT and personal income tax and that is why it is exploring all options including asking the National Assembly to include VAT in the exclusive list.
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However, we wait to see how it will play out at the Supreme Court.
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