Buhari Approves Bill Raising VAT to 7.5%


President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2019 Finance bill into law in Abuja on Monday, January 13.

Indeed, the approval by Buhari is coming, almost a month after the 2020 budget was signed into law on December 17.

Specifically, Buhari, who made this disclosure via his verified Twitter handle stated; “I am pleased to announce that this morning I signed into law the Finance Bill, 2019.

“We introduced the bill alongside the 2020 budget; to reform Nigeria’s tax laws to align with global best practices, support MSMEs in line with our Ease of Doing Business Reforms; incentivize investments in infrastructure and capital markets and raise government revenues.

“I thank the leadership and members of the Ninth National Assembly; for the hard work and support that have gone into the passage of the landmark Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC Amendment Bill, and the Finance Bill; both vital to the successful implementation of the 2020 Budget.”

Equally important, the law seeks to amend the Petroleum Profit Tax Act, Customs and Excise Tariff Act; Company Income Tax Act, Personal Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax, Stamp Duties Act and the Capital Gains Tax.

The bill also made provisions for companies with an annual turnover of less than N25 million to be exempted from paying company income tax.

The Federal Government also raised the threshold; from which stamp duty will be charged for online transactions from the current N1,000 to N10,000.


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