On Wednesday, July 22 2020, the Federal Inland Revenue Service – FIRS through its Director, Communications and Liason Department, Abdullahi Ahmad in Abuja announced to the News Agency of Nigeria that the FIRS will now collect 6% stamp duty charge on all tenancy and lease agreements while employing property owners, land lords and their agents as collection channels.
As expected, the news was greeted with much disapproval from Nigerians, especially Twitter users who expressed this through tweets calling on the federal government to reverse the stamp duty charge policy.
Tax expert Taiwo Oyedele through his twitter handle, on Friday however explained the provisions of the stamp duty act on lease or rent agreement as follows:
Given that many Nigerians do not enter into a lease or rent agreement for more than 7 years, it can thus be inferred that the applicable stamp duty rate is 0.78%. Similarly, one is only expected to pay this charge when they are entering into a new lease or rent agreement but not when they are renewing.
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