VAT now 7.5% as Buhari signs bill finance bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2020 Finance Bill, which increased VAT rate from five per cent to 7.5 per cent into law.

Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina said in a statement on Monday that this is sequel to the bill’s passage by the National Assembly and subsequent forwarding by the legislature to the President for assent.

President Buhari had, while presenting the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly, also presented the Finance Bill and said: “This Finance Bill has five strategic objectives, in terms of achieving incremental, but necessary, changes to our fiscal laws.

“These objectives are; Promoting fiscal equity by mitigating instances of regressive taxation; Reforming domestic tax laws to align with global best practices; Introducing tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets; Supporting Micro, Small and Medium-sized businesses in line with our Ease of Doing Business Reforms; and Raising Revenues for Government.

“The draft Finance Bill proposes an increase of the VAT rate from five per cent to 7.5 per cent, as such, the 2020 Appropriation Bill is based on this new VAT rate,” he added.

“With the assent, there will be more revenue to finance key government projects especially in the areas of health, education and critical infrastructure,” the statement added.

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