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CBN Retains 13.5% MPR, Promises To Intensify Financial Inclusion Drive

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rose from its two-day meeting in Abuja on Friday with a decision to retain all the key benchmark interest rates. Specifically, the committee retained the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 13.5 percent and other lending rate indices, including the asymmetric corridor around the […]

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Finance Minister Corrects Error On Proposed VAT Rate Hike

Barely 48 hours after she misinformed the global community that the Federal Government had proposed to increase Nigeria’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate from 5% to 7.2%, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, at the weekend adjusted the rate to 7.5%. Rather than apologizing for the misleading information she gave after […]

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FIRS Reports N254Bn Liability Of 23,141 Tax Defaulters

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has reported that 23,141 tax defaulters were owing currently N254 billion in tax liabilities. This is even as the Service disclosed that since the commencement of its tax substitution programme for banks, it had recovered over N97.7 billion from tax defaulters. Giving these hints at the 49th Annual Accountant […]

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CBN Releases New Regulation On E-Payments, Collections For Private, Public Sectors

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released a new regulatory template guiding all forms of electronic payments and collections for public and private sectors in the country. The apex bank stated that the monetary policy measure, which was taken furtherance of its powers under enabling Act 2007, was a revision of the Guidelines on […]

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Kenyan Govt To Prosecute Billionaire, Others Over Alleged Tax Evasion

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Noordin Haji, has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of Humphrey Kariuki, the owner of Wines of the World Limited (WoW) and Africa Spirits Limited alongside eighth other accomplices over allegations of KSh 41 billion tax evasion. According to a news report by, Kariuki and the other eight […]

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IMF Advises FG To Reduce Tax Exemptions, Incentives

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Nigerian government on the need to reduce its tax exemptions and incentives list for companies as a strategic option of boosting non-oil tax collections. In addition, the Fund also tasked government on tax reforms, including raising excise taxes and expanding its scope to cover more goods The […]

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FIRS, Commission To Automate Lottery Sector’s VAT Collection

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) have initiated processes for the automation of Value Added Tax (VAT) collection in the lottery and gaming businesses in the country. The Head, Communications and Servicom Department of FIRS, Wahab Gbadamosi, in a statement quoted the Executive Chairman, Tunde Fowler, as making […]

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FG Commences Tax Amnesty For Nigerians With Foreign Assets

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Tuesday disclosed that the Federal Government had commenced processes of granting tax amnesty for defaulters who voluntarily declare their foreign assets. Malami, while giving the hint at the unveiling ceremony for the programme tagged ‘Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularisation Scheme (VOARS)’, […]