CBN introduces special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters

Nigeria’s Finance Bill 2019: key changes and implications

This newsletter gives an overview of the Bill, analyses the key provisions vis-à-vis the changes to the primary taxing legislation and highlights the potential tax implications for stakeholders.

Finance Bill 2019 passes second reading – seeking to change the Nigerian tax landscape

The Finance Bill, 2019 (the Bill), presented alongside the 2020 proposed budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on 8 October 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, has passed the second reading. The Bill’s strategic objectives, amongst others, include promoting fiscal equity, reforming domestic tax laws, introducing new tax incentives and raising revenue for the government.

Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act (DOIBPSCA), 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 receives Presidential assent

As anticipated in our tax alert of 21 October 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin (Production Sharing Contract) Act (DOIBPSCA), 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (the Bill) into an Act on Monday 4 November 2019.

2019 Federal Budget Signed into law

Central Bank of Nigeria automates the export process with the introduction of e-Form ‘NXP’

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on 28 October 2019, released a circular (“the Circular”) informing the public about the deployment of an automated e-form ‘NXP’ (the Form) to replace hard copy form ‘NXP’ with effect from 31 October 2019.

Ease of doing business: The implications of Lekoil v. Ministry of Petroleum Resources

The Federal High Court, recently ruled that an indigenous oil exploration company could not deem the consent of the Minister of Petroleum Resources (the Consent) granted on default as recommended by the Executive Order One (EO1) signed in May 2017 by the Presidency.

World Bank ease of doing business report 2020: Nigeria remains top improver

The World Bank Group (World Bank) on Thursday, 24 October 2019, published its 2020 Doing Business Report (the Report). This latest report sees Nigeria ranking 131 out of 190 countries on the ease of doing business index, an upward movement by 15 places from 2019 ranking of 146.

FMI announces revalidation of Expatriate Quota approvals issued on a 'Permanent Until Reviewed' status

FIRS establishes Non-Resident Persons’ Tax Office

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), in a bid to ensure tax certainty and promote voluntary tax compliance of non-resident persons, has established a Non-Resident Persons’ Tax Office (NRPTO). This was communicated via a public notice (the Notice) recently issued by FIRS.

Analysis of Nigeria's Budget 2020

Analysis of the Federal Government’s 2020 Budget Proposal

On Tuesday, 8 October 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari presented the proposed 2020 budget of the Federal Government of Nigeria to the joint session of the National Assembly (NASS), wherein he also itemised the policy thrust of FGN.

Nigerian Lawmakers investigate the compliance of selected organisations with statutory contributions to the Employees’ Compensation Fund

The House of Representatives (“HoR”), has issued a Public Notice (“the Notice”), inviting 1,124 organisations across the public and private sectors to an investigative hearing, to ascertain their level of compliance with the provisions of the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA).

Lagos State Internal Revenue Service introduces Enterprise Tax Administration System (e-Tax)

Further to the launch of e-Filing portal for submission of individual and employer’s tax returns early this year, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), has now introduced a multi-channel tax and levies payment solution.