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Tribunal Orders DSTV to Pay Nigerian Govt N900bn Tax Backlog

According to the FIRS, the backlog was identified through a forensic audit, which revealed that Multichoice Nigeria Limited had neglected to pay the Government of Nigeria in previous assessment years.

In a ruling issued in Lagos, the Tax Appeal Tribunal ordered Multichoice Nigeria Limited, the owner of DSTV, to pay 50% of a N1.8 trillion tax backlog to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The FIRS Director of Communications and Liaison, Abdullahi Ahmad, announced this in an Abuja statement on Wednesday.

Mr Ahmad said FIRS uncovered the backlog after a forensic examination revealed Multichoice Nigeria Limited had failed to pay previous assessment years.

The five-member TAT led by Chairman A.B. Ahmed issued the order following a request from FIRS Counsel.

Multichoice or any other taxpayer who contests their tax assessments is required to make a statutory deposit under Paragraph 15(7) of the Fifth Schedule to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007. (FIRS Act).

These laws, he claims, must be met before the TAT can hear the appeal.

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Abdullahi Ahmad Abuja DSTV Multichoice Nigeria Limited Tax Appeal Tribunal

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