Taxation of commissions payable to insurance brokers/agents – An obligation or a nightmare?
The insurance industry is one of the specialised businesses having a peculiar business model and corresponding distinct tax considerations in Nigeria. The core business of insurers/insurance companies, simply put, is to provide cover to another party (insured), against possible financial loss within a specified period. In return, the insured pays an insurance premium at the inception of the cover period, which forms part of the income reported in the books of the insurer. A critical aspect of the business expansion mechanism in the insurance industry revolves round brokers and agents. Insurance brokers/agents act as middle men; bridging the gap and linking insurers with potential insured parties seeking to hedge against risks. Insurance companies incur costs in sourcing the services of brokers/agents (commissions). Commissions are often calculated as a percentage of the insurance premium, depending on a number of factors such as coverage, the insurer and marketing methods, etc. Although the…
Nigerian Government chases after VIPs & HNIs to regularise their tax status
The tax landscape in Nigeria is changing fast and efforts at bringing taxable individuals into the tax net is gaining momentum. Those who have not been tax compliant in the past are being advised to take advantage of the 9-month tax amnesty scheme through Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) before the door closes by 31 March 2018. As part of the implementation of VAIDS, many high net worth individuals (HNIs) and very important personalities (VIPs) have been receiving letters from Ministry of Finance (MoF) and various State Boards of Internal Revenue Services on their tax status, requesting them to take advantage of VAIDS to regularize their tax status. The first set of letters were issued last year following a special data mining project (“Project Lighthouse”) carried out by MoF in preparation for aggressive tax chase upon expiration of VAIDS. Data from sources such as Bank Verification Number (BVN),…
CBN restricts dividend pay-out by banks
The apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has issued new guidelines to all banks including Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and Discount Houses (DHs), on internal capital generation and dividend pay-out ratio. The new guidelines, issued via a circular (the Circular) referenced BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/11/002 and dated 31 January 2018, becomes effective immediately.
PenCom issues public notices on administration of Life Insurance Policy
The National Pension Commission (PenCom), on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, issued two-pronged notices to both employers and employees on the administration of life insurance policy. The public notices are meant to serve as a reminder to the earlier issued guidelines for life insurance policy by PenCom.
LIRS to automate collection of consumption tax using Electronic Revenue Assurance system
The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has introduced an Electronic Revenue Assurance (ERA) system for the collection of consumption taxes from hotels, night clubs and event centres (hospitality outlets) in Lagos State.
Tax Planning: Is there any legal and moral benefit?
Business owners constantly seek avenues to eliminate unnecessary and avoidable costs with the aim of optimising profits. Thus, efficient business practices become paramount in minimizing expenses, the most worrisome being “tax expense”.
President Buhari signs Executive Order to promote local content
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday 5 February 2018, signed the ‘Executive Order 5 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology’ (the Order).
National Tax Policy Implementation Committee presents report on Tax Law Reforms
The National Tax Policy Implementation Committee (NTPIC or the Committee), on Friday 2 February 2018, presented its progress report on the review of tax laws and regulations, and proposed tax reforms to the Minister of Finance (MoF), Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
Lagos State House of Assembly passes Land Use Charge Bill
The Lagos State House of Assembly, on Monday, 29 January 2018, passed the Land Use Charge Law, 2018 (LUCL). LUCL, with the Governor’s assent, will replace the extant Land Use Charge Law, No. 11 of 2001.