Federal Government releases 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures

Importation of vehicles into Nigeria through land borders now prohibited

The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned the importation of cars through the land borders from 1 January 2017. This ban, which applies to both new and used vehicles, is aimed at curbing smuggling of vehicles, a vice which not only denies the government of revenue from import-related taxes, but also undermines several economic policies.

Evidence of tax payment will soon become a prerequisite for issuing passports - FIRS

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.

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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. 

Deloitte West Africa 2016 CFO Report

The CFO Report 2016 – West Africa

What challenges are faced by CFOs in West Africa and the rest of Africa? In this report, 349 CFOs from South Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa and West Africa have given their views on the cost of funding, risk factors, cash flow priorities, expansion plans and strategic intent.