The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, has said that as at the end of third quarter 2018, 209 tax appeals amounting to about $18.804 billion, N205.654 billion and EUR 0.821million are still pending at the Tax Appeal Tribunals (TATs) across the country.
Isa-Dutse disclosed this during the inauguration of the commissioners of Tax Appeal Tribunals on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, at inception in 2010 the Tribunals inherited 122 appeals from the old Body of Appeal Commissioners while 489 appeals were filed at the Tribunals in various zones between 2010 and September this year.
The Permanent Secretary disclosed that the during the period, the TATs had concluded 409 tax appeal cases leaving about 209 cases with the tribunals to attend to now.
He clarified: “Review of the activities of the Tribunal shows that at inception in 2010, TAT inherited a total of 122 appeals from the defunct Body of Appeal Commissioners (BAC) and VAT tribunals.
“So far, 409 appeals had been concluded within the same period. As at end of the 3rd quarter 2018, report shows that a total number of 209 appeals amounting to about $18.804 billion, N205.654bn and EUR 0.821million are pending across the zones.
“From the trend of activities at the zones in the past years, it is anticipated that following the reconstitution of the tribunals, additional new cases will be filed; which will further increase the caseload”, Isa-Dutse projected.
The TATs are currently established in eight zones to cover the six geo-political zones, namely Abuja Zone, Lagos Zone, North Central Zone, (Jos), and North East Zone, (Bauchi).
Others are, North West Zone, (Kaduna), South East Zone, (Enugu), South South Zone, (Benin), and South West Zone, (Ibadan).