Nigeria loses N5.4tn annually to tax evasion – Fowler

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Tunde Fowler, on Wednesday said Nigeria loses about $15bn to tax evasion annually.

The $15bn when converted based on the N358 to a dollar interbank market exchange rate translates to about N5.37tn.

He said this during a meeting with tax experts across the globe to chart ways to combat offshore tax evasion through the exchange of information regime.

A statement from FIRS stated that at the meeting, Fowler said that Nigeria would implement the first Automatic Exchange of Information standard by 2020.

He said the regime was part of the country’s commitment to improving transparency in tax administration, increase tax revenue collection, enhance effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery.

Fowler said there was a direct linkage between tax compliance, domestic tax investigation, tax audit, information gathering framework and the international infrastructure for the exchange of information among tax authorities.



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