Gas Flaring Charge in Nigeria – Is FHC’s decision in Mobil v. FIRS good law?

Exploration and production (E&P) companies often encounter challenges with the Tax Authority on tax deductibility of gas flaring expenses incurred in the process of their oil and gas production activities.  

Federal High Court (FHC) confirms applicability of VAT on services rendered by a foreign entity to a Nigerian entity

Federal High Court (FHC), on 19 June 2018, issued a ruling overturning the decision of Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) in the case between Gazprom Oil & Gas Limited (Gazprom or the Company) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on the applicability of value added tax (VAT) on imported services.

Value Added Tax Modification Order for the Power Sector

Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is poised to change the face of VAT in the power sector with the Value Added Tax (VAT) (Modification) Order 2018 (the Order), which seeks to provide clarity on the applicability of VAT for operators in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

CBN introduces special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters

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: