Nigeria: We Won't Introduce New, Impose Higher Tax Rates On Nigerians - Oyedele

11 September 2023

The Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Tax Policy and Fiscal Reforms, Taiwo Oyedele, said the committee under President Tinubu does not plan to introduce new or impose higher tax rates on Nigeria.

Oyedele, in a post on his X account while answering some frequently asked questions about the Presidential Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms Committee, said the committe aims to reduce the burden on people and businesses.

His words: "We do not intend to introduce new taxes or impose higher tax rates. Rather, our mandate is to reduce the number of taxes and levies while harmonising revenue collection to reduce the burden on the people and businesses.

"The objective is to avoid taxing investment, capital, production or poverty. We plan to review and re-enact the major tax laws in a holistic manner thereby limiting the necessity for frequent changes through annual finance acts."

He also stated that in achieving the 18 percent tax-to-GDP ratio mandated by the committee, there are plans to increase revenue by leveraging technology rather than introducing new taxes.

"The average tax to GDP ratio for Africa excluding Nigeria is about 18%. This is the basis for the target of 18% and the estimated tax gap of N20 trillion.

"There is a huge opportunity to generate revenue by leveraging technology and tax intelligence to close the tax gap. In addition, we will rationalize incentives, reduce the cost of collection, and optimise revenue from government assets and natural resources. This way we can generate more revenue without introducing new taxes."

Oyedele said the committee's mandate is not limited to the federal government but will work across all levels.

"The committee will work with all levels of government as critical stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration in the design and implementation of necessary fiscal policy changes and localisation of reforms at the subnational level as may be applicable," he said.

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