Taxing Nigeria’s Fledgling Economy: Between Tax Penetration and Economic Recovery
Nigeria has rolled out another tax amnesty scheme. Backed by Presidential Executive Order No 8 signed on 8 October 2018, Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme (VOARS) became the latest effort at combating money laundering and tax evasion.
Nigeria Government releases Official Gazette on list of pioneer industries and products
The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) recently announced the release of an official gazette (the Gazette) of the list of pioneer industries and products. Although the Gazette was released in November 2018, it became effective in August 2017.
World Bank Doing Business Report 2019 : Nigeria records mixed fortunes
The World Bank Group (World Bank) on Wednesday, 31 October 2018, published it’s 2019 Doing Business Report (the Report). This latest report sees Nigeria ranking 146 out of 190 countries on the ease of doing business index, a drop by one place from 2018 ranking of 145.
Ease of doing business in Nigeria – A case for eliminating multiple tax reviews, audits and investigations
The importance of ensuring a conducive environment for businesses cannot be over-emphasized, given their immense contribution to the growth of the national economy. This is more so, in the light of current economic growth and stability plans by Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).
FIRS mandates taxpayers to obtain VAT registration certificates and display at their premises
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on 22 October 2018, notified the general public that it has commenced issuance of value-added tax (VAT) certificates to all new and existing taxpayers registered for VAT purposes. By the publication, FIRS also directed VAT collectors to display their VAT certificates at their business premises and implored taxpayers to report VAT collectors who fail to comply with this directive to the agency.
Nigeria releases new Executive Order to combat money laundering and tax evasion
The Federal Government of Nigeria, on 8 October 2018, signed a new Executive Order 008 (Order) backing the implementation of the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularisation Scheme (VOARS or the Scheme), aimed at combating money laundering and tax evasion. The Scheme took effect from 8 October 2018 and will cover a period of twelve months.
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.
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).
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.