Federal Government releases 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures

Pioneer status incentive scheme in Nigeria: Wider coverage with weightier conditions – any grey areas?

The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the eligibility of 27 additional industries for possible grant of tax holiday under the pioneer status incentive at the Federal Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday, 2 August 2017. Following FEC’s approval, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment announced on Monday, 7 August 2017, the lifting of administrative suspension on approval of pioneer status incentive (PSI) application.

FEC Approves Revised National Tax Policy

National Identification Number becomes a prerequisite for processing Nigerian passport

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Wednesday, 2 August 2017, announced that with effect from 1 January 2018, individuals who intend to obtain Nigerian passports or renew expired passports would be required to provide their National Identification Number (NIN), issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Tackling tax leakages in the 21st Century – What lessons can Nigeria learn from the OECD (3)?

The last two editions of our InsideTax publication have focused on tackling tax leakages in the 21st century.  Without doubt, the need for revenue authorities to develop awareness of possible sources of tax leakages in this era and evaluate tenable approaches at combating the problem cannot be over-emphasized. Specifically, in the last edition, we considered a common tax evasion scheme – sales suppression – vis-à-vis the various ways in which it can manifest, consequences and technology-based counter measures prescribed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)[1].

FG grants 27 new industries eligibility for pioneer tax incentive

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) of Nigeria has approved a new list of industries and products that could benefit from tax exemption available under the pioneer incentive scheme. Companies and products granted pioneer incentives enjoy three-year tax holiday which may be extended to five years subject to meeting required conditions.

FEC Approves Revised National Tax Policy

Nigeria signs double tax agreement with Singapore

Pursuant to the approval given by the Federal Executive Council in 2016, the Federal Government of Nigeria signed a double taxation treaty (DTT) with the government of Singapore on Wednesday, 2 August 2017. The DTT is aimed at eliminating or providing relief for double taxation on income of companies and individuals that are resident in either country.

CBN introduces special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters

VAIDS: SEC moves to enforce compliance by CMO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) on 25 July 2017, issued a general circular mandating Capital Market Operators (CMO) and Public Limited Companies (PLC) to ensure that they regularize their tax status under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) recently signed by the Acting President – Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Tackling tax leakages in the 21st Century – What lessons can Nigeria learn from the OECD (2)?

In our last edition of InsideTax publication, we explored the concepts of tax avoidance and tax evasion and the impact of tax leakages on government revenue. We also highlighted some ways through which tax evasion occurs in Nigeria.

LIRS issues notices to employers to submit mid-year tax returns

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) recently commenced issuance of notices to employers requesting submission of mid-year salary projections for employees in respect of 2017 tax year. LIRS cited reliance on Section 46 of Personal Income Tax Act, LFN Cap P8 of 2004, as amended, which grants it the power to call for further returns.

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The OECD releases 2017 Revised Transfer Pricing Guidelines

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on 10 July 2017, released the revised edition of the Transfer Pricing (TP) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations.

The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) boat sets afloat

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, signed a new Executive Order that provides legal backing to a new tax amnesty regime in Nigeria on Thursday, 29 June 2017. VAIDS offers Nigerian taxpayers (individuals and corporate organisations) who have not been compliant with their tax obligations to regularise their tax affairs by providing a soft-landing, which includes a waiver of penalties and interest as well as immunity from tax audit and prosecution. It also provides protection of confidential information.