2017 Federal Government Budget : Pinpointing the Facts and Figures
On Wednesday, 14 December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2017 budget of N7.3trillion to the National Assembly for consideration. The budget which is tagged, budget of recovery and growth and expected to be financed by increased borrowings, is aimed at providing a roadmap to revive the nation’s troubled economy. Click HERE for full details of the budget.
Deloitte West Africa’s 2017 Restructuring Outlook Survey
Low commodity prices, exchange rate fluctuations and decline in government spending have left many West Africans under strain. Nigeria, for instance, has experienced a “perfect storm” of economic and political events which have placed significant pressure on the economy.
Senate proposes Bill to repeal and re-enact Customs and Excise Act
The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is currently considering a Bill to abolish the fifty-eight-year-old Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) and five other Customs & Excise Laws. The Bill which is currently at the committee stage of the legislative process, seeks to enact a new Customs and Excise Act to establish the Nigeria Customs Service and restructure the administration and management of customs and excise in Nigeria.
Importation of vehicles into Nigeria through land borders now prohibited
The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned the importation of cars through the land borders from 1 January 2017. This ban, which applies to both new and used vehicles, is aimed at curbing smuggling of vehicles, a vice which not only denies the government of revenue from import-related taxes, but also undermines several economic policies.
Evidence of tax payment will soon become a prerequisite for issuing passports – FIRS
As part of the strategy to drive tax compliance, provision of tax clearance certificate (TCC) may soon become a prerequisite for issuance of National passport (what is commonly referred to as “international passport”). This is according to the statement credited to the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) at the meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) in Abuja, on Monday, 28 November 2016. This requirement is being planned to apply to both fresh applications and renewals of old passport.
FEC approves new bilateral tax treaty between Nigeria and Singapore
In the bid to facilitate more trade between Nigeria and Singapore, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 approved a bilateral tax treaty between the two countries. A bilateral tax treaty, also known as double tax treaty (DTT), helps to eliminate the double taxation of income arising in either of the countries and paid to residents of the other. Meanwhile, double taxation is the levying of tax more than once on the same declared income, asset or financial transaction, often by two or more jurisdictions.
The CFO Report 2016 – West Africa
What challenges are faced by CFOs in West Africa and the rest of Africa? In this report, 349 CFOs from South Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa and West Africa have given their views on the cost of funding, risk factors, cash flow priorities, expansion plans and strategic intent.