Federal High Court FIRS practice direction

VAT dispute: Court of Appeal orders all parties to maintain pre-dispute position

(pre-dispute status) and refrain from taking any steps to give effect to the judgment of the Federal High Court (FHC) in the case of Attorney General of Rivers State v. FIRS & Attorney General of the Federation pending the hearing and determination of the motion for stay of execution filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Tax Appeal Tribunal rules that rent is not subject to VAT

The Tax Appeal Tribunal, in the case between Ess-Ay Holdings Limited (Ess-Ay) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), ruled that rent is not subject to Value Added Tax (VAT).

Minister of Finance releases VAT Modification Order 2020

The Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (the Minister), has issued a Value Added Tax (VAT) Modification Order (the Order), to provide clarity with regards to the interpretation of goods and services exempt under the VAT Act.

FIRS automates VAT filing and collection system, for certain businesses

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) recently issued a Public Notice (the Notice), informing the general public of its automated Value Added Tax (VAT) collection system for Branded Shops, Super Stores, General Supermarkets, Standard Restaurants and Eateries, nationwide.

NSE to resume charging VAT on commissions applicable to capital market transactions

Nigerian government proposes 50% increase in VAT rate

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, approved a 50% increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate applicable on supply of goods and services in Nigeria, from 5% to 7.5%. The new rate is expected to take effect in 2020 after due consultations with relevant stakeholders.

Deadline for filing income tax and transfer pricing returns – avoid the last minute rush and material penalties

FIRS demands deduction of WHT/VAT at source on all forms of commission and rebates paid to distributors and customers

FIRS demands deduction of WHT/VAT at source on all forms of commission and rebates paid to distributors and customers

Federal High Court dismisses FIRS application for stay of execution on VAT judgement

Court of Appeal affirms the applicability of VAT on services rendered by a non-resident company

The Court of Appeal (CoA), on 24 June 2019, upheld the decision of the Federal High Court (FHC), in the case between Vodacom Business Nigeria Limited (‘Vodacom’ or ‘Appellant’) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (‘FIRS’ or ‘Respondent’).

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

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.

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.