On March 31, 2021, the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (CGNIS) announced that foreign nationals working in Nigeria will be required to provide evidence of tax remittance to Nigerian tax authorities as a prerequisite for renewing their residence permit.
The CGNIS declared that all foreign nationals earning a salary while working in Nigeria must pay taxes, no matter the length of their contracted stay.
Under the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA), employers are responsible to deduct and remit taxes on behalf of their foreign national employees.
The rules and regulations of the Personal Income Tax Act apply to all provinces of Nigeria.
What Are the Changes?
While employers in Nigeria have historically been responsible for deducting and remitting their employees’ taxes, foreign nationals have not previously been required to provide taxes as part of their residence permit applications. Contracted foreign nationals working in Nigeria will now only be able to renew their residence permits if they provide evidence of their tax remittance to Nigerian tax authorities.
This new initiative comes as a result of the Nigerian government combatting tax evasion. Employers should take care and do their due diligence to ensure accurate deduction and remittance of fees and taxes on behalf of their foreign national employees and maintain organized records.
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