President Muhammadu has signed the 2019 finance bill alongside the 2020 appropriation bill into law.
The law alongside the 2020 Budget is aimed at reforming Nigeria’s tax system to align with global best practices, support MSMEs through the Ease of Doing Business initiative.
It also hopes to raise government revenues, as well as incentivize investments in infrastructure and capital markets.
Both chambers of the National Assembly passed the finance bill in November while the 2020 budget in December 2019.
The finance law seeks to amend six tax provisions and make them more responsive to tax reform policies.
Meanwhile, there is an increase in Value Added Tax on specific goods and services from 5 percent to 7.5 percent; the law also affects changes in the tax provision of the Customs and Excise Tariff Act to encourage local manufacturers.
Other Acts captured include; Petroleum Profit Tax Act, Company Income Tax Act, Personal Income Tax Act, Stamp Duties Tax Act, and Capital Gains Act.