The Lagos State Government has announced additional tax incentives and reliefs for businesses and individuals in the state, as part of measures aimed at reducing the burden on taxpayers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is contained in a public notice issued by the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) and signed by its Executive Chairman, Ayodele Subair. The notice, posted on LIRS website, is entitled “Implementation of Tax Incentives and Reliefs for Taxpayers (Individuals and Business) in Lagos State”. The additional tax incentives are part of the several measures implemented by the LIRS to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on taxpayers in Lagos and ensure business continuity.
As part of incentives to residents of the state, the government earlier gave a 3-month extension for the filing of annual returns from March 31 to June 30, 2020. The additional measures being implemented by the state government include: LIRS shall be allowing on a case by case basis, the payment of outstanding liabilities in installments to ease cash flow challenges that may affect taxpayers. Waiver of penalty for late payment of liabilities under PAYE that were due during the period when the state was under lockdown (March-May 2020).
Waiver of penalties due on late filing of 2020 annual tax returns (Form A). Waiver of interest and penalty components of outstanding tax audit liabilities from 2009 to 2015 for entities that present and keep to a structured payment plan that terminates on or before December 31, 2020. Grant of tax credits of 20% of cash and kind donations made for COVID-19 by resident individuals to Lagos State Government for the 2021 Year of Assessment only subject to a cap of 35% of the tax due.
Increase of payment channels to make payment of taxes easier, simpler and more convenient for all. Adopting of video conferencing as the default mode for the conduct of Tax Audit Reconciliation Committee (TARC) meetings in consonance with social distancing advisories from Government and other relevant authorities. LIRS said it hoped all residents of the state would take advantage of these palliatives and reciprocate the government’s kind gestures by discharging their civic responsibilities by promptly paying their taxes and levies to the state.