Bank account operators to present their Tax Identification number beginning from January 2020

Beginning from January 2020, any Nigerians working an account with any financial institution, or intends to open a brand new account, can be mandated to present his or her Tax Indetification Number TIN, the Nation studies.


This directive is contained within the Monetary invoice handed by the Nationwide Meeting on November 21st. The Invoice, submitted to the lawmakers with Price range 2020 by President Buhari, is designed to enhance monetary operations of the nation and streamline the tax regime. In accordance to a piece of the Invoice, banks would require anyone opening an account to present his Tax Identification Number (TIN) whereas those that are already working a financial institution account, may even be required to present their TIN.


The transfer is to get extra Nigerians to pay their taxes.


The tax identification number (TIN) is a novel identifier for a person or an organization for tax remittance. The TIN is ready by the tax workplace and issued for correct identification and verification. Making use of for TIN is free. The TIN era course of is real-time and mustn’t exceed 48 hours after a request is submitted.


One other main characteristic of the Monetary Invoice which was handed by the Senate on November 21st, is the hike in Worth Added Tax (VAT) to 7.5 per cent from the extant 5 per cent. Additionally within the invoice, emails can be accepted by the tax authorities as a proper channel of correspondence with taxpayers.


The invoice may even strategically “promote fiscal equity by mitigating instances of regressive taxation; reform domestic tax laws to align with global best practices; introduce tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets; support small businesses in line with the ongoing Ease of Doing Business Reforms; and raise revenues for the Government by various fiscal measures.”


Below the proposed Private Earnings Tax Act: the invoice will state that pension contributions now not require the approval of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to be tax-deductible.


The invoice when signed into regulation, will take away the tax exemption on withdrawals from pension schemes besides the prescribed circumstances are met. The invoice will give you a penalty for failure to deduct tax by brokers appointed for tax deduction. This penalty is 10 per cent of the tax not deducted, plus curiosity on the prevailing financial coverage fee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


The circumstances connected to tax exemption on gratuities can be eliminated by the invoice, that means that gratuities are unconditionally tax exempt. The duties at the moment carried out by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) because it relates to administering the Private Earnings Tax Act, will now be carried out by the FIRS.


One other penalty that may come into impact when the invoice turns into regulation would be the penalty for late submitting of the Worth Added Tax (VAT) returns. The penalty for failure to register for VAT can be reviewed upwards to N50,000 for the primary month of default and N25,000 for every subsequent month of default.


The penalty for failure to notify FIRS of change in firm tackle can be reviewed upwards to N50,000 for the primary month of default and N25,000 for every subsequent month of default. This penalty additionally covers failure to notify FIRS of everlasting cessation of commerce or enterprise.


Related to the VAT modification, the invoice can be introducing Capital Beneficial properties Tax (CGT) exemption on Group reorganisations, topic to the next circumstances being met.



  • Belongings are bought to a Nigerian firm and is for the higher organisation of the commerce or enterprise;
  • The entities concerned are inside a recognised group 365 days earlier than the transaction, and the related belongings are usually not disposed sooner than 365 days after the transaction.


The present apply is that corporations ship an approval request letter beneath CITA S29(9) to the FIRS, and embrace a CGT exemption request. Presently, the CGT Act imposes CGT on compensation for lack of employment above N10,000.


The invoice seeks to broaden the protection of this provision by renaming it “compensation for loss” and enhance the minimal threshold from N10,000 to N10 million.



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