Securities & Exchange Commission issues guidelines on crypto assets

The Securities & Exchange Commission, on 11 September 2020, issued a public notice to regulate the operation of crypto assets (which may include cryptocurrencies) in Nigeria, where the crypto assets have the character of securities.

FGN releases provisional protocol for travellers ahead of international flights resumption

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has released the provisional protocol (the Protocol), in preparation for the resumption of international flights to Nigeria, which is scheduled to commence from 5 September 2020

Nigeria's new visa policy

Nigeria issues new visa policy

The Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 (NVP 2020 or the Policy) was officially presented by the President, Muhammadu Buhari on 4 February 2020. The Policy, designed to revolutionize the visa regime in Nigeria, adopted four (4) visa categories which were further expanded to seventy-nine (79) visa classes/types.

Nigeria to sign agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area

The Federal Government of Nigeria has indicated its intent to sign the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union slated for 7 July 2019.

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 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

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Federal Government of Nigeria’s 2019 Budget of Continuity

President Muhammadu Buhari provided a sneak peek into Nigeria’s fiscal direction for 2019 on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, as he presented the 2019 Budget of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to the joint session of the National Assembly. The FGN’s 2019 Budget is intended to continue Nigeria’s quest for inclusive growth, economic diversification and sustainable development.

Invest in Nigeria

In 2014, when global commodity prices dropped, Nigeria plunged into economic trouble and in 2016 the country faced its first recession in over two decades. Heeding the call to diversify, the Nigerian government rose to the challenge and started to implement a number of initiatives to not only grow its economy but to protect it from similar commodity downswings in the future.

Taxation of commissions payable to insurance brokers/agents – An obligation or a nightmare?

The insurance industry is one of the specialised businesses having a peculiar business model and corresponding distinct tax considerations in Nigeria. The core business of insurers/insurance companies, simply put, is to provide cover to another party (insured), against possible financial loss within a specified period. In return, the insured pays an insurance premium at the inception of the cover period, which forms part of the income reported in the books of the insurer. A critical aspect of the business expansion mechanism in the insurance industry revolves round brokers and agents. Insurance brokers/agents act as middle men; bridging the gap and linking insurers with potential insured parties seeking to hedge against risks. Insurance companies incur costs in sourcing the services of brokers/agents (commissions). Commissions are often calculated as a percentage of the insurance premium, depending on a number of factors such as coverage, the insurer and marketing methods, etc. Although the…

Nigerian legislation and its shades of gray – Value Added Tax

In the last two years and within 7 months apart, two divisions of the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT), in Abuja and Lagos, gave conflicting decisions on two cases with similar facts. The underlying issue for consideration was the applicability of Value Added Tax (VAT) is applicable on services rendered by a non-resident1 to a Nigerian company.