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27 Nov 2017

Nigerians to Pay 'Special Tax' on Luxury Cars and Alcohol

The Federal Government has concluded plans to impose special taxes on luxury cars and alcohol.

CBN gov Godwin Emefiele and Finance Kemi Adeosun
Those with penchant for luxury products may have to have a rethink as they may soon be paying more for their high taste, according to a report by Punch. This is because the federal government plans to impose special taxes on such products, including luxury cars and alcohol.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmad, unveiled the plan when she presented the revised MTEF and FSP to the Senate Joint Committee on MTEF.

She reported that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in August 2017 approved the 2018-2020 MTEF/FSP which had been presented to the National Assembly for approval.

“When the FEC approved the MTEF/FSP, it constituted a committee chaired by the Minister of Finance which was tasked with identifying additional sources of about N1 trillion revenue to cut the 2018 budget deficit and new borrowings.

The special taxes are designed to raise more revenue from non-oil sector to generate additional N1 trillion to cushion the deficit in the 2018 budget. It is believed the government will earn N2.5 billion from the special taxes on insurance of luxury cars and surcharge on other luxury goods.

Also is N350 billion is expected as additional Company Income Taxes from the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme. Government is also expected to rake in N100 billion from improvements by the collection of Value Added Tax. The outcome of the work of the committee necessitated a revision of the Medium Term Fiscal Framework.

According to the document, the adjustments include “N710 billion to be generated from the restructuring of government’s equity in all the Joint Venture oil assets; and N320 billion additional revenues from revision of terms to improve government take in the production sharing contracts.”

The government is also expecting “additional N60 billion from excise duties on cigarettes and alcohol."

The Government is also reviewing the tax profiles of companies that received major payments from it in the last five years.

The review is part of measures aimed at identifying those that have yet to take advantage of the tax amnesty offered under the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme.

The government also said it had recruited and trained 2,190 community tax liaison officers under the VAIDS.

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