FG reviews stamp 50 Naira stamp duty charges

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reviewed the N50 stamp duty charges on electronic payments in the country.

Okay.ng understands that this coming after receiving several backlashes from Nigerians and industry stakeholders over the charge.

The Finance Bill presently in the National Assembly shows that the N50 charge would be imposed on transactions above N10,000 as against payment above N1,000 that had taken effect across the country in September.

However, the bill exempted bank transfers between two accounts owned by the same person or organisation.

The new bill aims to repeal a provision of the Stamp Duty Act 2014, which had a threshold for receipts chargeable with stamp duty as N4 and above.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in a circular to deposit money banks, processors and switches on September 17, 2019, authorised banks to unbundle merchant settlement amounts and charge applicable taxes and duties on individual transactions.

They were asked to charge duty of N50 for services rendered in respect of electronic transfers and teller deposits from N1,000 and above on behalf of the Nigeria Postal Service.

The directive was condemned by mobile money agents, retailers, merchants and bank customers who said it would discourage the cashless transaction and financial inclusion agenda of the Federal Government.

While some merchants had started charging customer N50, others had stopped using the terminals due to the refusal of customers to pay the extra charges.

Muhammad A. Aliyu

Muhammad Ameer Aliyu, is a prolific journalist who joined Okay Nigeria in 2015 with the aim staying committed to bringing more positive growth to the digital news platform. He is the Senior editor at Okay Nigeria.
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