Taxation of High Net-Worth Individuals: Is this a chase after shadows?

The current economic landscape has forced several State Governments hitherto dependent on Federal Government allocations to look inwards for revenue. Personal Income Tax, especially those payable by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) is gradually attracting the attention of State Internal Revenue Services (SIRS). Against this backdrop, some SIRS are currently deliberating the tax revenue potentials of HNWIs.

The ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme – Myth or Reality?

In 1979, the Heads of State and Governments of the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) established the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS)  pursuant to the overarching objective of promoting co-operation and integration among the Member States.

Tax Newsletter: No more ₦50 stamp duty on bank deposits- Federal High Court

A Federal High Court (FHC) on 13 March 2017, delivered a judgment on the validity of the circular issued by Central Bank of Nigeria referenced CBN/GEN/DMB/02/006, in the case between Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited (AKA Shoprite) and the defendants Citibank Nigeria Limited (Citibank) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

FEC Approves Revised National Tax Policy

TAX ALERT: Nigeria considers new tax amnesty framework through VAIDS

In a bid to grow Nigeria’s tax revenue and raise non-oil tax to GDP ratio from current level of 6% to 15% by 2020, a Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) is to be implemented. The National Executive Council (NEC) has granted approval-in-principle for this new scheme subject to finalization of the broader framework. The primary objective of VAIDS is to encourage voluntary declaration of undisclosed income and assets with consequential payment of applicable tax liabilities over a defined period. It is expected that this window offered to those who have not complied with extant tax regulations, will simultaneously generate revenue and encourage investment and economic activity. An estimated revenue of US$1 billion is projected from the scheme. Key highlights of VAIDS include: Commencement date: the scheme is expected to kick off from 1 May 2017 with incentives put in place to encourage early participation. Taxes covered: all taxes…

Nigeria ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Nigeria has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 107th country to sign up to the agreement.

5 blockchain use cases in financial services

Tax Alert: Taxpayers to validate official email address with FIRS

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued a public notice requesting taxpayers to validate their official email addresses in FIRS’ records. The validation process is expected to commence with immediate effect. 

Federal Government releases 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures

FG Releases 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved and ordered the immediate implementation of the 2016 fiscal policy measures (FPM).

Withholding Tax (WHT) rate on building and construction contracts reversed from 2.5% to 5%

The Minister of Finance has approved the reinstatement of Withholding Tax (WHT) rate of 5% on all aspects of building, construction and related activities. The approval was given via an official gazette dated 23 November 2016.

Senate proposes Bill to repeal and re-enact Customs and Excise Act

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is currently considering a Bill to abolish the fifty-eight-year-old Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) and five other Customs & Excise Laws. The Bill which is currently at the committee stage of the legislative process, seeks to enact a new Customs and Excise Act to establish the Nigeria Customs Service and restructure the administration and management of customs and excise in Nigeria.

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.