Nigeria Establishes Tax Office for Non-resident Persons

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has established a tax office that is designated solely for the administration of taxes for non-resident persons.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Tunde Fowler, which clarified that a non-resident person referred “to a foreign company as defined in the Companies Income Tax Act (Cap C2, LFN (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2004 as amended) or an individual (who is resident outside Nigeria and derives income or profit from Nigeria) as defined in the Personal Income Tax Act (Cap P8, LFN 2004 as amended).”

The statement also said that FIRS has identified non-resident taxpayers as very important segment of the tax-paying public for the purposes of devoting to them specialised attention.

“The devotion of attention to this segment of taxpayers,” Fowler said, “is to enhance tax certainty, promote voluntary compliance, reduce tax disputes and avoid incidence of double taxation.

“In view of the foregoing, the FIRS hereby notify all non-resident persons operating in Nigeria and the general public that: Non-Resident Persons’ Tax Office (NRPTO), which will handle all tax affairs of non-resident persons (individuals or corporate) has been established;

“The NRPTO is located within the International Tax Department at FIRS Building, Ikoyi, Lagos, and as from January 1, 2020, all non-resident persons liable to tax in Nigeria shall submit every return, correspondence or enquiry relating to all the taxes administered by the service to the NRPTO and that tax files of non-resident persons shall thenceforth be domiciled at the NRPTO,” Fowler said.

NRPTO, according to him, would be devoted solely to international taxation to serve non-resident persons, including all tax treaty operational issues, cross-border transactions, inter-company transactions and income derived by non-resident individuals in Nigeria.

Fowler noted that the “devotion of attention to this segment of taxpayers is to enhance tax certainty, promote voluntary compliance, reduce tax disputes and avoid incidence of double taxation.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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