UPDATE: Nigeria confirms VAT will be collected on online transactions

16 October 2019

From 1 January 2020, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) will introduce withholding value added tax at 5% on all e-commerce goods and service transactions.

When introduced, this tax will be charged and collected via banks and credit card companies in the country; this is instead of suppliers. It would also apply to both resident and non-resident providers of these types of goods and services.

It is proposed that the tax would be levied when the sale is made from the online marketplaces (such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Instagram, for example).

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