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The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the Finance Bill 2020, to support the 2021 Budget.
This is made known by Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, why speaking to State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting. She explained that the bill is designed to bring about incremental changes in the nation’s tax laws.
The Minister, who briefed correspondents alongside some members of the Federal Executive Council, however assured that the passage of the bill into law would not lead to increase in taxes in the country.
The Minister while explaining features of the bill, said the intent of the bill is to ease tax burdens on some categories of enterprises, especially small and medium enterprises.
She also pointed out that some taxes had already been reduced saying: ‘In the last Finance Bill 2019, we reduced taxes from 30 percent to 20 percent for enterprises that have turnover of between ₦25 to ₦100 million.’ Ahmed assured that the situation in the country does not warrant an increase in taxes, saying:
‘This is not the time to increase taxes.’ The bill will soon be transmitted to the National Assembly for its consideration and passage into law.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK