Nigeria to sign agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area

The Federal Government of Nigeria has indicated its intent to sign the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union slated for 7 July 2019.

2019 Federal Budget Signed into law

Federal Government of Nigeria’s 2019 Budget signed into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2019 budget of the Federal Government of Nigeria into law. The Budget, which was signed on Monday, 27 May 2019, puts total spending for 2019 at ₦8.92 trillion.

FIRS warns defaulting taxpayers about potential restriction on their bank accounts

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued a warning to defaulting taxpayers on the impending lien to be imposed on their bank accounts for non-compliance

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Federal Government of Nigeria’s 2019 Budget of Continuity

President Muhammadu Buhari provided a sneak peek into Nigeria’s fiscal direction for 2019 on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, as he presented the 2019 Budget of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to the joint session of the National Assembly. The FGN’s 2019 Budget is intended to continue Nigeria’s quest for inclusive growth, economic diversification and sustainable development.

Invest in Nigeria

In 2014, when global commodity prices dropped, Nigeria plunged into economic trouble and in 2016 the country faced its first recession in over two decades. Heeding the call to diversify, the Nigerian government rose to the challenge and started to implement a number of initiatives to not only grow its economy but to protect it from similar commodity downswings in the future.

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.