The Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms, Taiwo Oyedele, has disclosed that the federal government will end payment of taxes in dollars in Nigeria.....CONTINUE READING
Oyedele said Nigerian companies or individuals who do businesses in naira should pay their taxes in local currency.
According to him, the demand for FX to pay taxes is putting more pressure on the demand for foreign exchange in the country.
“This whole idea of paying levies taxes in foreign currency will stop before the end of this year,” he said. “If you are a Nigerian company or individual who does business in naira, why should we pay taxes in dollars? We shouldn’t be creating demand against our currency,” Oyedele stated.
He said his committee is discussing with state governors and looking at “suspending multiple taxes that frustrate businesses and find money from government agencies where there are surpluses.”
He also announced plans to introduce an Emergency Economic Intervention bill that will reach the National Assembly before the middle of November.
“They promised to give it accelerated hearing so we expect by the end of November we should have this bill up and running,” Oyedele said.
Nigeria has over 60 official taxes and levies collected by federal and state governments and local authorities, mandated by law, according to him.
Including unofficial taxes – taxes that agencies legally or illegally levy without the backing of law – the country has more than 200 taxes, he said, adding that the large number was “making life difficult for our people.”
“The more taxes you have, actually, the less revenue you collect because it just creates the opportunity for leakages and some non-state actors collecting money and keeping it to themselves,” he said.
“We have managed to convince the governors at the first meeting. We want to create a national portal for transparent spending for all public spending on projects for all tiers of government,” he added.