In an effort to address revenue shortfalls and improve the economy, Nigeria is implementing a comprehensive tax system overhaul.
- The new tax measures primarily focus on wealthy individuals, aiming to increase their contribution to the country’s tax revenue.
- The government plans to streamline the tax structure by reducing the number of taxes from 70 to a few single-digit taxes, eliminating overlaps between local, state, and federal jurisdictions.
- To encourage tax compliance, President Bola Tinubu’s administration is considering a tax amnesty program that offers incentives for individuals to declare and regularize their previously undisclosed assets.
- The tax reforms aim to shift a larger portion of the tax burden onto the wealthy segment of society, ensuring a fairer distribution of tax responsibilities.
- Alongside targeting wealthy individuals, the government plans to reduce corporate taxes, which is expected to promote business growth and attract foreign investments.
- By implementing these measures, Nigeria aims to increase its tax revenue from the current 11% of GDP to 18% within three years, providing vital funds for infrastructure development and public services.