PenCom issues reminder on requirement for annual certificate of compliance

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has issued a general notice to remind employers who wish to bid or solicit for contract or business from any Federal Government Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA), of the requirement to provide proof of compliance with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act, 2014 (PRA 2014). The notice states that only Pension Clearance Certificate (PCC) issued by PenCom will serve as proof of compliance with the provisions of PRA 2014.

Winning in business – Culture as a catalyst

Culture to drive business strategy Research consistently demonstrates that culture drives business value. Organisations with engaged and committed employees have higher levels of customer loyalty, revenues, profitability and employee retention.

Investor’s Dream: How Close is Nigeria to the “Ease Agenda”?

There are multiple regulatory agencies in Nigeria operating on the framework of various laws and practices, with administrative authorities constituted at different levels to enforce compliance. With such plethora of regulatory authorities, overlap and duplicity of functions, operational models, resulting in sometimes multiplicity of charges and bureaucratic bottlenecks become the daily experience of stakeholders.

FIRS issues public notice on revised interest rate for unpaid taxes

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued a public notice announcing the approved penalty and interest rates to be applied as sanctions on all unpaid tax amounts.

FEC Approves Revised National Tax Policy

FIRS introduces six electronic tax services

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has announced the introduction of six (6) new electronic tax services (e-services). The available e-services are: • e-Registration: for registration of new taxpayers with FIRS for the various taxes • e-Stamp Duty: for payment of stamp duties on qualifying documents • e-TaxPayment: for payment of all Federal Government taxes and levies through any of the following platforms – Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Remita and Interswitch • e-Receipt: for receiving and verifying e-receipts generated for taxes paid through the new e-TaxPayment • e-Filing: enables taxpayers file their tax returns through the FIRS’ Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) • e-TCC: this platform will enable taxpayers apply for, receive and verify authenticity of their electronic tax clearance certificates (e-TCC) The initiatives underscore the efforts of FIRS towards ensuring that key tax processes are automated in order to improve transparency, ease and speed of tax administration; for…

Public Sector Insights: Reinventing the public sector landscape

It is said that no government can build credibility if it downplays the need to internalise efficient and effective mechanisms in steering the wheel of governance. Hence, it is the duty of government, public policy makers and other key stakeholders within the government landscape to stay focused on maximizing the gains of governance to the citizenry through transparency and efficiency in the governance process.

Regulatory Alert: Nigeria’s Business Climate and Ease of Doing Business Initiatives

Nigeria is viewed by many as a country with enormous opportunities and business potentials. The sheer size of the country’s population, human and natural resources as well as its diverse culture place the country in a class of potentially great nations. It is, therefore, a sad narrative when the challenges faced by businesses and entrepreneurs are considered. According to the World Bank Doing Business Report 2017, Nigeria is ranked 169 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business.

Sustainable Banking as a Driver for Growth: A Survey of Nigerian Banks

Financial services regulators in Nigeria increasingly see sustainable banking as an avenue to promote the sustainable development of the nation. As such, key regulators have established and continue to improve frameworks, guidelines and regulations mandating banking institutions to implement sustainability in their business operations and activities.

Nigeria’s Senate passes the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

Nigeria’s Senate, during its plenary session on 25 May 2017, passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (“PIGB” or “the Bill”) following the recommendation of the Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Petroleum (upstream, downstream and gas).

FEC Approves Revised National Tax Policy

FG introduces new interest rate regime for outstanding tax payments

In its renewed bid to minimise tax evasion, deter non-compliance and promote voluntary compliance, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a new interest rate regime for unpaid taxes.