Tax Appeal Tribunal clarifies contentious issue on the taxability of gratuity

On 20 June 2019, the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT), in the case between Nigeria Breweries Plc (Appellant) and Abia State Board of Internal Revenue Service (Respondent), ruled that gratuity is not liable to personal income tax.

Tax Appeal Tribunal relieves employers of tax obligation on voluntary pension contribution

The obligation to account for taxes due on withdrawal of voluntary pension contributions was made clearer in the judgement delivered yesterday by the Tax Appeal Tribunal on a case between Nexen Petroleum Nigeria Limited and Lagos State Internal Revenue Service

LIRS to introduce unique biometrics-based identifier for taxpayers

LIRS to introduce unique biometrics-based identifier for taxpayers

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has issued a public notice (the Notice) on its intention to integrate the LASG-EBS Taxpayer Identification Digit (PID) module into the National Tax Identification Number (TIN) system with the Joint Tax Board (JTB). The TIN module is biometrics-based, with the aim of ensuring identity uniqueness for taxpayers.

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 recommends a 63-day timeline for completion of tax audit exercises

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on 30 April 2019, notified the public that it has introduced new measures to simplify and ease tax audit experience for all taxpayers.

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

Deadline for filing of annual employees’ tax returns (Form A)

Section 41 of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) Cap P8 LFN 2004 (as amended) requires all individuals to submit their individual tax returns (Form A) with the relevant tax authority. This return is for all income earned from all sources in the preceding year and it is due for submission by 31 March of every year.

Court bars local government councils from creating new taxes and levies

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Monday, 14 January 2019 ruled that Local Government Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory lack authority to impose taxes and levies that are outside the purview of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria and Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act (TALC)

FIRS demands penalties from erring taxpayers for failure to file CbCR notification

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has started issuing demand letters for payment of administrative penalties to taxpayers who did not file Country-by-Country Reporting (CbCR) notification forms with FIRS under Regulation 6(1) of the Income Tax (Country-by-Country Reporting) Regulations 2018 (the CbCR Regulations).

FIRS suspends lien on bank accounts of taxpayers

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Friday, 15 February 2019, instructed banks to suspend lien placed on the bank accounts of some taxpayers.