Taxation of commissions payable to insurance brokers/agents – An obligation or a nightmare?

The insurance industry is one of the specialised businesses having a peculiar business model and corresponding distinct tax considerations in Nigeria. The core business of insurers/insurance companies, simply put, is to provide cover to another party (insured), against possible financial loss within a specified period. In return, the insured pays an insurance premium at the inception of the cover period, which forms part of the income reported in the books of the insurer. A critical aspect of the business expansion mechanism in the insurance industry revolves round brokers and agents. Insurance brokers/agents act as middle men; bridging the gap and linking insurers with potential insured parties seeking to hedge against risks. Insurance companies incur costs in sourcing the services of brokers/agents (commissions). Commissions are often calculated as a percentage of the insurance premium, depending on a number of factors such as coverage, the insurer and marketing methods, etc. Although the…

Nigerian legislation and its shades of gray – Value Added Tax

In the last two years and within 7 months apart, two divisions of the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT), in Abuja and Lagos, gave conflicting decisions on two cases with similar facts. The underlying issue for consideration was the applicability of Value Added Tax (VAT) is applicable on services rendered by a non-resident1 to a Nigerian company.

Nigeria issues the Income Tax (Country-by-Country Reporting) Regulations 2018

Nigeria has issued the Income Tax (Country-by-Country Reporting) Regulations 2018 (the CbCR Regulations). The Regulations are part of the implementation plans under Action 13 of OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project.

Tax policy on SMEs in Nigeria – How fair?

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the bedrock of the Nigerian economy. They serve as an important source of employment generation, economic dynamism, competition and innovation; thus contributing to national growth and poverty alleviation.

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.

The Journey to Digital Transformation: How ready is Nigeria?

In 2017, it is no news that with the increasing rise in technologies, going digital is the optimal route to attain success and longevity as a business or organization.

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.

Guide to Fiscal Information - Key Economies in Africa 2017

Guide to Fiscal Information – Key Economies in Africa 2017

The latest publication of the Guide to Fiscal Information – Key Economies in Africa 2017 is now available to download. This publication contains an overview of the tax and investment environment of key economies in Africa. 

Federal Government releases 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures

Public Private Partnership (PPP) as an anchor for diversifying the Nigeria economy

Lagos Container Terminals Concession as a Case Study Across Africa, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model has become increasingly critical as both a funding and operational mechanism for social (e.g. hospitals and schools) and economic infrastructures such as ports, railways, roads and airports. The public partner is typically represented by the government at a national, state, or local agency level. The private partner can be a privately-owned business or consortium of businesses with a specific area of expertise.