The transformation of the traditional finance function
Finance is arguably the lifeblood of an organisation and stakeholders have high expectations of the Function‘s performance. An effective Finance function, which includes all aspects of Finance, Tax, Treasury and typically, Risk Management in some cases etc., makes a positive contribution to the achievement of the organisation‘s strategic objectives and to its value creation goals.
The Income Tax (Transfer Pricing) Regulations, 2018 – Is this a game changer?
With the release of the Income Tax (Transfer Pricing) Regulations, 2018 (“2018 TP Regulations”) on 27 August 2018, Nigeria took yet another very bold step in its quest towards adopting and implementing recent international multilateral initiatives. These initiatives, aimed at enhancing tax disclosure rules and tackling tax evasion, arose from the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) program.
Federal Inland Revenue Service provides clarification on recent tax developments at a stakeholder meeting
Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) convened a stakeholders meeting on 6 September 2018, with key participants from different sectors of the economy in attendance. The Executive Chairman of FIRS was present to enlighten stakeholders, as well as answer questions and address comments from the audience.
Federal Inland Revenue Service releases Country by Country notification form
Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has released, via a public notice, a standard notification form to be used by multinational entities (MNEs) in providing Country-by-Country (CbC) notifications. The requirement to file CbC notifications is in line with Regulation 6 of the Income Tax (Country by Country Reporting) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations).
Automation of the withholding tax system – Will migration be seamless?
Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in its bid to extend the Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) initiative to all of its processes, recently indicated its intention to fully automate the withholding tax (WHT) system in Nigeria.
Nigeria releases revised transfer pricing regulation
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), in exercise of powers conferred on it by Section 61 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act No.13 of 2007, has updated the Income Tax (Transfer Pricing) Regulations, 2012 (Old Regulations). The revised Transfer Pricing (TP) Regulations (the Revised Regulations) came into effect from March 2018 and the updates are first to be made to the TP Regulations in Nigeria since its introduction in 2012.
Tax authorities appoint banks as agents of collection of outstanding taxes from tax defaulters’ accounts
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and some State Internal Revenue Service (SIRS), in recent times, have been issuing letters to Nigerian banks, appointing them as agents of collection of taxes due from alleged tax defaulters. Based on the letters, the banks were instructed to:
Controversy trails Value Added Tax exemption on domestic airline services
In June 2018, the Federal Executive Council (FEC or the Council) announced its approval of two Executive Orders and five Amendment Bills touching on key provisions in the Nigerian tax and regulatory legislation. Please see link to our initial alert on the approval of the Executive Orders and Amendment Bills.
Loss of WHT credit looms as FIRS mandates reconciliation of WHT credit position in 15 days
Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has started inviting taxpayers for reconciliation of their withholding tax (WHT) credit positon with FIRS’ records summarised in the taxpayer’s K-Card (tax position card). This is necessary to ensure that taxpayers’ records with FIRS are up to date and K-Cards to be uploaded into FIRS’ Standard Integrated Government Tax Administration System are error-free.
Nigeria concludes double tax treaties with Ghana and Cameroon
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) concluded the negotiation of Double Taxation Agreements (the DTAs) with the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Cameroon on 26 July 2018 and 3 August 2018, respectively.