HOW FIRS TRIED TO SMUGGLE VAT COLLECTION INTO FG’S EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATIVE LIST BY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, LETTER ADDRESSED TO DEPUTY SPEAKER INSTEAD OF SPEAKER

More facts have emerged on how the Federal Inland Revenue Service tried to amend the Nigerian constitution through the back door after collecting VAT for years knowing fully well it was not constitutionally backed to do same.

In a letter specifically addressed to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives dated July 1, 2021, the Chairman of FIRS indicated interest in sponsoring a bill to insert VAT under Item 69 of the Exclusive Legislative list. Obviously, the FIRS leadership was aware that they were in the wrong to be collecting the VAT on behalf of the States of the Federation.

What makes the letter more curious was the fact that it was not addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives who ordinarily should be the one to receive such letters but to his deputy. Was the FIRS trying to quietly cover up some loopholes in the system which the Rivers Government is now exploring?

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