The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued Information Circular No.: 2021/19 (“the Circular”) on Guidelines on Simplified Compliance Regime for Value Added Tax (VAT) for Non-Resident Suppliers (NRSs) of goods, services or intangibles to persons in Nigeria through electronic, digital or similar platforms.

The Circular was issued pursuant to the provisions of Section 10(5) of the VAT Act Cap.V1 LFN 2004 (as amended) and replaces other notices and publications issued by the FIRS in this regard. The Guidelines will take effect from 1 January 2022 with respect to supply of services and intangibles, and 1 January 2024 for goods.

We have provided below, a summary of the key highlights of the Circular:

1. Scope of the Guidelines

The Guidelines will apply to supplies of goods, services and intangibles made through digital means and other digital products by persons (i.e. natural persons, trusts, partnerships, corporations, companies and any other persons) not physically present, located or represented in Nigeria to businesses (“Business-to-Business” - B2B) or consumers (“Business-to-Consumers” - B2C) in Nigeria.

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