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AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONSENT JUDGMENT DELIVERED BY THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, ABEOKUTA, BARRING THE BIG 4 (FOUR) (PWC, KPMG, DELOITTE, & EY) FROM PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES IN NIGERIA.

INTRODUCTION Hon. Justices M. Shittu Abubakar and O.O Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in the Abeokuta Judicial Division, delivered Consent Judgments in the matter between Mr. Olumide Babalola (a legal practitioner in the state), and the top four accounting and advisory/consultancy firms in Lagos; Price Waterhouse Coopers Limited; Ernst & Young Advisory Service […]

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TAXATION OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS UNDER THE FINANCE ACT, 2021.

INTRODUCTION. Schools under various tax laws, were exempted from tax liability under section 23(1)(c) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CITA). The act included among others, educational services of a public character, as activities exempted from Companies Income Tax (CIT). The rational posed was that schools are incorporated as a company limited by guarantee […]

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HIGHLIGHTS ON THE LAGOS STATE VALUE ADDED TAX LAW 2021.

INTRODUCTION. On the 21st September, 2021, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed a VAT law following the Court of Appeal judgement in the case of Federal Inland Revenue Service V. Attorney General of Rivers State & Attorney General of the Federation (CA/PA/282/2021). The case was bothered on the State Government’s constitutional power to administer, […]

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EXAMINING SECURITY PAYMENT FOR PROSECUTION OF A TAX APPEAL

INTRODUCTION We discuss security payment for prosecution of a tax appeal in Nigeria in the narrow sense of the tax payer’s access to the Nigerian courts and not to a political order. The tax payer contributes significantly to the social and economic developments of society. Tax administration must therefore guarantee the tax payer’s freedom which […]

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THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT (FIRS) PRACTICE DIRECTIONS 2021: A CRITICAL REVIEW

INTRODUCTION The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court only recently issued the Federal High Court (FIRS) Practice Directions 2021 (Practice Directions) pursuant to the Honourable Chief Judge’s powers conferred by Order 57 Rule 3 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019. The object of the issue of the Practice Directions is to […]

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SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ACT

INTRODUCTION Over the last 20 years, there have been various attempts at reforming the petroleum industry in Nigeria. However, none of these attempts has yielded any tangible result until the National Assembly introduced the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2020. It is worthy of note to state that the oil and gas industry has a significant […]

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VALIDITY OF THE VAT ACT IN VIEW OF RECENT JUDICIAL PRONOUNCEMENTS

INTRODUCTION The Value Added Tax Act, LFN 2004 (VATA) is the enabling law imposing Value Added Tax (VAT) on the supply of taxable goods and services in Nigeria, and in furtherance of this, the Act has empowered the Federal Inland Revenue Board to be responsible for the administration and collection of this tax. It is […]

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CLARIFICATIONS ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX ACT

The FIRS issued Information Circular No: 2021/09 on the 3rd of June, 2021 pursuant to section 2(4) of the Capital Gains Tax Act, (“CGTA”). The Federal Inland Revenue Service (“FIRS”) in its circular directed all persons, who dispose of chargeable assets to: File Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) Returns for 2020 and subsequent years of assessment; […]

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REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD BUSINESS OWNERS IN NIGERIA

INTRODUCTION The Nigerian food industry is constantly expanding and food business is currently the “go-to” business in Nigeria. According to the National Bureau of Statistics in its May 2020 report, Nigerians spent about 22.8 Trillion Naira on food in 2019, out of which a total of 4 Trillion Naira was spent on food consumed outside […]

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