COVID-19, THE SAUDI-RUSSIA OIL WAR AND THE NIGERIAN OIL ECONOMY

Introduction

Over  90%  of  Nigeria’s  foreign  exchange  earnings  is  derived  from  the  Oil  and  Gas  Sector, constituting the very essence of the nation’s economy – a development following the 1956 breakthrough  discovery  of  oil  (in  commercial  quantity)  in  Oloibiri,  the present  day Bayelsa state. The Appropriation Acts of the Nigerian government, from past to present evidence a monotonous economy; one dependent on oil exports.

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THE TAXAIDER NEWSLETTER VOL 2, ISSUE 4 (APRIL 2020)

First Thoughts: Much Ado About Changes!

In my last editorial exactly five weeks ago today, I mentioned that I was writing from somewhere besides my office desk for the first time in a while. Well, that has not changed much, except that I am not exactly writing from my reading table at home this time but of course, I am still at home like many of you probably are. It’s been six weeks and counting now since I started ‘remote working’ along with my work colleagues and millions of people all over the world.

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Nigeria’s Common Reporting Standards – 6 Crucial Things Your Financial Institution Should know (Part 2)

  1. What Information is required under the CRS

Reporting Financial Institution (RFI) – Simply put, these are institutions located in participating jurisdictions that is not a Non-Reporting Financial Institution. As mentioned earlier they are depository institutions, custodial institutions, investment entities and specified insurance companies

Non-Reporting Financial Institution means a financial institution that is excluded from reporting and includes government entity, participation retirement fund, other low risk entity, an exempt collective investment vehicle and a Trust to the extent that the trustee is a RFI and reports all information required with respect to Reportable accounts of the Trust. A RFI is required to gather and share with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) information about financial accounts held by individuals and corporate entities that are tax resident in a Common Reporting Standard (CRS) participating jurisdiction. The FIRS would in turn share this information with the participating jurisdiction in which the account holder is tax resident, the details include;

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Covid-19 and the Nigerian Employee Compensation Scheme (ECS) – Jennifer Ezediaro

Covid-19 and the Nigerian Employee Compensation Scheme (ECS)

Did it sneak up on us? Were we not ready? How could something so small have such an impact on our nation and the entire planet? The global economy has taken a big hit as businesses, schools, religious institutions and virtually every facet of life have witnessed a temporary halt. Lockdowns have been instituted in most of the countries affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as a proactive measure in combating the spread of the pandemic.  It is worrisome that no real solution has been found and the lockdown has become the last resort, at least until when or dare I say, ‘if’ a permanent solution is found. The situation has forced businesses to work remotely and thankfully technology has made that possible and seamless. However, some things cannot be solved with technology. For example, what happens if an Employee contracts the disease and such an Employee is required to be isolated in any of the isolation centers? How would an Employer deal with this loss of productivity?

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TAXES DEDUCTED AT SOURCE – IMPACT ON CUSTOMER COMPENSATION SCHEMES.

INTRODUCTION

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (or ‘The Service’) in its Public Notice (PN) of August 14, 2019 directed all companies, particularly those in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs) Sector to deduct at source, Withholding Tax (WHT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) from compensations due to their distributors and customers.

These compensations referred to by the Service are marketing schemes and business promotion strategies deployed by companies to penetrate the market, promote their brands, build customer loyalty and ultimately grow revenue. As rightly noted by the Service in the Public Notice, these compensations are awarded to agents, dealers, distributors, retailers and can be in the form of cash payment, credit notes or even goods-in-trade. The critical points of this issue include:

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COVID-19 and its Tax Implications in Nigeria

There is no doubt that COVID-19 hit all economies globally really hard. From the drastic decline in business activities to some organisations shutting down operations, the impact of the pandemic can hardly be ignored. To curb the rate at which the disease is rapidly spreading a number of countries have restricted movement with some implementing outright lockdowns.

I once heard that there are two things that are certain in this life; death and taxes. However, to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic, the governments of many countries have implemented monetary and fiscal measures; Nigeria is one of such countries and a number of palliative measures have been put in place, one of which is the proposed Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill 2020. Please read our thoughts on this Bill here in case you missed it. As it stands taxpayers still have to comply with their tax obligations either as it relates to tax filings or remittances.

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Nigeria’s Common Reporting Standard – 6 Crucial Things Your Financial Institution Should know and Implement (Part 1)

Overview

Tax Authorities in Nigeria have been and will always be looking for means to avoid or reduce profit shifting, base erosion and to also get information on the financial accounts of  individuals and corporate entities in different jurisdiction, which is not a surprise that Nigeria signed a Common Reporting Standards (CRS) Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) a few months after the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) back in 2017.

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TaxThursday – 02.04.2020

There is no doubt that COVID-19 hit all economies globally really hard. From the drastic decline in business activities to some organisations shutting down operations, the impact of the pandemic can hardly be ignored. To curb the rate at which the disease is rapidly spreading a number of countries have restricted movement with some implementing outright lockdowns.

I once heard that there are two things that are certain in this life; death and taxes. However, to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic, the governments of many countries have implemented monetary and fiscal measures; Nigeria is one of such countries and a number of palliative measures have been put in place, one of which is the proposed Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill 2020. Please read our thoughts on this Bill here in case you missed it. As it stands taxpayers still have to comply with their tax obligations either as it relates to tax filings or remittances.