Federal Government releases 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures

FIRS issues public notice on implementation of the revised 2018 Transfer Pricing Regulations

Recently, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) issued the Income Tax (Transfer Pricing) Regulations, 2018 (the 2018 TP Regulations), which replaced the Income Tax (Transfer Pricing) Regulations, 2012.

Federal Inland Revenue Service provides clarification on recent tax developments at a stakeholder meeting

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) convened a stakeholders meeting on 6 September 2018, with key participants from different sectors of the economy in attendance. The Executive Chairman of FIRS was present to enlighten stakeholders, as well as answer questions and address comments from the audience.

Automation of the withholding tax system – Will migration be seamless?

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in its bid to extend the Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) initiative to all of its processes, recently indicated its intention to fully automate the withholding tax (WHT) system in Nigeria.

Tax authorities appoint banks as agents of collection of outstanding taxes from tax defaulters’ accounts

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and some State Internal Revenue Service (SIRS), in recent times, have been issuing letters to Nigerian banks, appointing them as agents of collection of taxes due from alleged tax defaulters. Based on the letters, the banks were instructed to:

NIPC launches compendium of investment incentives in Nigeria

Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) in collaboration with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on Friday, 3 November 2017, published the first edition of the Compendium of Investment Incentives in Nigeria (the Compendium).

Microfinance banks and the VAT legislation: Is there a case for exemption?

Introduction The primary aim of new National Tax Policy is to introduce new strategies that will enable government achieve its objectives of creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive while simplifying the tax system. This underlying principle is expected to be applied in the purposive interpretation of ambiguous provisions of the tax laws.

Nigeria signs multilateral agreements to tackle international tax avoidance and evasion

The Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); Mr. Babatunde Fowler, on Thursday 17 August 2017, signed the following agreements: the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) the Common Reporting Standard Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement‎ (CRSMCAA)

Tackling tax leakages in the 21st Century – What lessons can Nigeria learn from the OECD (3)?

The last two editions of our InsideTax publication have focused on tackling tax leakages in the 21st century.  Without doubt, the need for revenue authorities to develop awareness of possible sources of tax leakages in this era and evaluate tenable approaches at combating the problem cannot be over-emphasized. Specifically, in the last edition, we considered a common tax evasion scheme – sales suppression – vis-à-vis the various ways in which it can manifest, consequences and technology-based counter measures prescribed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)[1].

FIRS issues public notice on revised interest rate for unpaid taxes

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued a public notice announcing the approved penalty and interest rates to be applied as sanctions on all unpaid tax amounts.

Regulatory Alert: National Assembly Investigates Abuse of Pioneer Status

The House of Representatives, in exercise of its powers under the Nigerian Constitution, has set up an ad-hoc committee (the Committee) to investigate perceived abuse of pioneer status tax incentive by companies operating in Nigeria.