Nigeria’s ambiguous tax laws breed elusive taxpayers
Tax illustration.  Source: Stears Business

Living in Nigeria is survival of the richest. The system here is much more favourable to the rich than the middle-class or poor. 

As we once argued: Nigeria is for sale

In the world of taxes, the rich seem to have it better too.

The former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, argued for a system that progressively taxed the rich. 

As she once said, "In any tax system, the burden must be borne by anybody whose income allows [them] to bear it, so those with higher income should, by definition, bear a greater part of the burden.”

Emphasis on "by definition” because it does not tally with our reality. One where commercial drivers pay levies at every bus stop (and pass on the burden to their passengers) while luxury car owners can ply the roads without getting charged. In Nigeria, if you know the right people, you can skip import

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Gbemisola Alonge

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