FIRS issues demand notices based on property valuation
In its drive to increase tax revenue generation, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has started applying the value of property as a basis for assessing companies to income tax (CIT) rather than turnover basis of assessment. The FIRS recently issued notices to several companies demanding for payment of CIT assessed on this basis. The foregoing is a fall out of property valuation exercise carried out by FIRS in October, 2016.
Changing global tax regulations to impact the business
The “global tax reset” is spurring leaders at multinational companies to reassess not just how they approach tax issues-but is also transforming how they conduct their business.
Senate proposes suspension of ECOWAS ETLS and CET
The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Tuesday, 29 November 2016, passed a resolution, proposing the suspension of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) and Common External Tariff (CET).
Evidence of tax payment will soon become a prerequisite for issuing passports – FIRS
As part of the strategy to drive tax compliance, provision of tax clearance certificate (TCC) may soon become a prerequisite for issuance of National passport (what is commonly referred to as “international passport”). This is according to the statement credited to the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) at the meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) in Abuja, on Monday, 28 November 2016. This requirement is being planned to apply to both fresh applications and renewals of old passport.
FIRS releases new Transfer Pricing Forms
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has released updated Transfer Pricing (TP) Declaration and Disclosure Forms, which take effect from January 2017. The update by FIRS is aimed at improving disclosure and transparency by taxpayers in their TP Returns, as well as providing FIRS with better information for their use in conducting TP risk identification and assessment.
FIRS extends window for waiver of penalty and interest for members of NASME
Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Friday, 25 November 2016, issued a public notice formalizing its extension of the tax amnesty window exclusively for members of the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME). The new deadline date for members of NASME is 31 December 2016 and all applications for grant of waiver are to be submitted to FIRS, through the association.
Tax Alert | Migration of physical CCIs due latest 28 November, 2016
Some deposit money banks have recently sent out notices to customers to submit active (i.e. unutilized/partly utilized) physical certificates of capital importation (CCIs) for data capturing and migration to the new electronic format (e-CCI). This notice is in line with the recent activities of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) geared towards automating the process for issuance and administration of CCIs.
FEC approves new bilateral tax treaty between Nigeria and Singapore
In the bid to facilitate more trade between Nigeria and Singapore, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 approved a bilateral tax treaty between the two countries. A bilateral tax treaty, also known as double tax treaty (DTT), helps to eliminate the double taxation of income arising in either of the countries and paid to residents of the other. Meanwhile, double taxation is the levying of tax more than once on the same declared income, asset or financial transaction, often by two or more jurisdictions.
FIRS introduces cut-over date for tax payments
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is pressing forward with implementation of the Integrated Tax Administration System (iTAS) platform. As part of its operationalization road map, FIRS has introduced a cut-over (transition) date for payment of tax liabilities arising from tax returns filed manually.
TAT provides clarification on VAT and WHT implications of reimbursable expenses
The Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT), on 2 June 2016, delivered a ruling on the applicability of value added tax (VAT) and withholding tax (WHT) on reimbursable expenses in the case between Brasoil Oil Services Company (Nigeria) Limited (Brasoil or the Company) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Other issues considered in the case include the applicability of WHT on extraterritorial income and the liability of taxpayers to interest and penalties on additional assessments, after validly objecting to FIRS’ assessments and subsequently filing appeal to contest such assessments.