FIRS mandates taxpayers to obtain VAT registration certificates and display at their premises

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on 22 October 2018, notified the general public that it has commenced issuance of value-added tax (VAT) certificates to all new and existing taxpayers registered for VAT purposes. By the publication, FIRS also directed VAT collectors to display their VAT certificates at their business premises and implored taxpayers to report VAT collectors who fail to comply with this directive to the agency.

Analysis and implications of Nigeria’s new Executive Order on Voluntary Declaration of Offshore Assets

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), on 8 October 2018 (Effective Date), issued Executive Order 008 (Order), backing the implementation of the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularisation Scheme (VOARS or the Scheme).

Federal Ministry of Interior provides further directives on the full-automation process for applications

Following our earlier communication on the decision of the Federal Ministry of Interior (“FMI” or “the Ministry”) to automate the application processes for Business Permit/Expatriate Quota and Place of Worship, the Ministry has now communicated 3 September 2018 as the commencement date for the full online automation.

FIRS issues Nigeria’s Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in exercise of powers conferred on it by Section 61 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act No.13 of 2007, and all other powers enabling it, has issued the Income Tax (Country by Country Reporting) Regulations, 2018 (the CbCR Regulations). The CbCR Regulations take effect from 1 January 2018, and form part of the enhanced tax disclosure requirements set out by Action 13 of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. The Regulations aim at providing tax authorities with improved information to enable them better assess international tax avoidance risks. Under the CbCR Regulations, where the Ultimate Parent Entity (UPE) or a Constituent Entity (CE) of a Multinational Enterprise Group (MNE Group) is tax resident in Nigeria, such Nigerian resident entity will be required to file a Country-by-Country Report (CbC Report) with FIRS for an accounting year where the Group has a…

President Buhari signs 2018 Appropriation Bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) into law. The final assent came 7 months after the presentation of the 2018 Budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on 7 November 2017. 

Nigerian Government chases after VIPs & HNIs to regularise their tax status

The tax landscape in Nigeria is changing fast and efforts at bringing taxable individuals into the tax net is gaining momentum. Those who have not been tax compliant in the past are being advised to take advantage of the 9-month tax amnesty scheme through Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) before the door closes by 31 March 2018. As part of the implementation of VAIDS, many high net worth individuals (HNIs) and very important personalities (VIPs) have been receiving letters from Ministry of Finance (MoF) and various State Boards of Internal Revenue Services on their tax status, requesting them to take advantage of VAIDS to regularize their tax status. The first set of letters were issued last year following a special data mining project (“Project Lighthouse”) carried out by MoF in preparation for aggressive tax chase upon expiration of VAIDS. Data from sources such as Bank Verification Number (BVN),…

Nigeria signs double tax treaty with Spain into law

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, 26 January 2018 assented to the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Spain (Domestication and Enforcement) Act, 2018. The double tax agreement (DTA) between Nigeria and Spain had been awaiting ratification by the legislature for about nine years. The legislature commenced the process of ratifying the DTA with Spain in 2016, in line with the provisions of Section 12(1) of the Nigerian Constitution which precludes treaties from having the force of law until they have been enacted by the National Assembly. The ratified DTA was recently forwarded to the Executive for final assent. The Presidential assent of the DTA with Spain is a welcomed development given that there are quite a number of signed DTAs between Nigeria and other trade partners which are still pending ratification. It is expected that the DTA between Nigeria and Spain…

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.

LIRS issues public notice on treatment of savings element on insurance premium

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has issued a public notice (the Notice) to clarify the treatment of savings element on insurance premium.

LIRS issues public notice on exemption of compensation of loss of employment

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has issued a public notice (the Notice) with respect to the exemption of compensation for loss of employment. The Notice clarifies payments that qualify for tax exemption as “compensation for loss of employment” under Paragraph 26 of the Third Schedule to Personal Income Tax Act (PITA).