CBN introduces special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters

Stamp duties on bank deposits and transfers – Are there unresolved issues?

The Stamp Duties Act, Chapter S8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 (SDA) provides the legal basis for the imposition and collection of stamp duties in Nigeria. Stamp duties are chargeable on all instruments relating to matters executed between a company and individual, group or body of individuals and those executed between persons or individuals.

LIRS issues public notice on taxation of interest benefit on employee loans

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) issued a public notice (the Notice) on 14 September 2017 with respect to taxation of interest benefits accruing to employees on loans granted by employers.

Reformed pioneer status incentive in Nigeria: Any contradiction to tax revenue drive?

The Federal Government of Nigeria recently approved the eligibility of 27 additional industries for possible grant of pioneer status incentive (PSI). This move is coming on the heels of the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which aims to stimulate and strengthen economic growth by boosting the level of economic participation of certain key industries.

Nigeria Immigration Service bans cash payment at passport offices

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Monday, 28 August 2017, announced the ban of cash payment for processing of Nigerian passports in all passport offices across the country.

LIRS clarifies the definition of reasonable removal expenses for the purpose of tax exemption

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) recently issued a public notice to all employers, company owners and their representatives, employees, high net worth individuals and other members of the public to clarify the definition of reasonable removal expenses for the purpose of tax exemption. LIRS cited Section 4(3)(c) of Personal Income Tax Act, LFN Cap P8 2004 as amended, which exempts “reasonable removal expenses” from tax.

Microfinance banks and the VAT legislation: Is there a case for exemption?

Introduction The primary aim of new National Tax Policy is to introduce new strategies that will enable government achieve its objectives of creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive while simplifying the tax system. This underlying principle is expected to be applied in the purposive interpretation of ambiguous provisions of the tax laws.

Nigeria signs multilateral agreements to tackle international tax avoidance and evasion

The Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); Mr. Babatunde Fowler, on Thursday 17 August 2017, signed the following agreements: the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) the Common Reporting Standard Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement‎ (CRSMCAA)

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).