34 Companies granted tax exemption to promote investments

34 Companies granted tax exemption to promote investments

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) said it granted three years of tax exemption to 34 companies in 2023.

Mrs Lovina Kayode, Head of Incentives Administration, NIPC, told newsmen in Abuja that the exemption was to promote the companies’ investment drive towards developing the nation’s economy.

“This tax exemption known as Pioneer Status Incentives (PSI) is executed under the Investors Relations Department of the NIPC and allows a company three years of not paying Corporate Income Tax,” she said.

According to her, not all companies are granted incentives owing to the stringent procedures followed by the commission on waiver awards.

While acknowledging the high amount of revenue lost to waivers granted every year, Kayode said what mattered was the bigger picture, the amount of forex brought into the country.

“The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and our parent ministry, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, are also part of this process to ensure that the right investors get this incentive.

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“So far 34 applications have been approved. Meanwhile, there is already a notion that Nigeria gives out too many waivers, incentives, and concessions.

“However, tax expenditure means what the government has lost by granting PSI, was just a small amount compared to the gains made by granting these incentives to qualified companies.”

She revealed the plans by the commission to publish impact assessment reports on the effectiveness of the pioneer status report on job creation and other economic activities to promote investments.

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“On impact, that is one thing NIPC is planning on, next year, it is one of our biggest tasks to do an impact assessment.

“These incentives we gave out, how have they impacted the country in terms of job creation and what kind of import substitution has come about because we granted these incentives.

“And how much will the government gain after the three years of them (the companies defaulting paying these taxes?) ”

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The Head, Policy and Advocacy of the commission, Mr. Salami Abayomi, expressed displeasure at the rate at which foreign companies/investors were leaving the country.

According to him, some challenges are responsible for this development, but the commission was working in collaboration with relevant agencies to address the issue.

He expressed optimism that by 2024, the efforts of the agencies in that regard would yield positive results.

Earlier, NIPC’s Executive Secretary, Aisha Rimi, reiterated the commission’s commitment to facilitate and assist investors to gain inroads into the country. (NAN)

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