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VAT Modification Order 2021, Diesel Importers To Pay VAT

In compliance with the Value-Added Tax (VAT) Modification Order 2021, diesel suppliers in Nigeria, are required to pay VAT on Automobile Gas Oil (AGO) or diesel imported into the country.

 

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) stated in a letter by the Assistant Comptroller-General of Tariff and Trade, MBA Musa IN, on behalf of the Deputy Comptroller-General of Tariff and Trade to diesel suppliers.

According to Nairametrics, the letter was dated June 8th, 2023, and addressed to diesel suppliers.

According to the letter, the VAT Modification Order 2021 only exempts petroleum products of HS codes 2709.00.00.00 – 2710.19.12.00 from paying VAT. AGO or diesel falls under HS Code 2710.19.21.00 and is not exempted from paying VAT.

Therefore, all future importations of the product should assess and pay VAT at the point of entry into the country.

The letter also stated that AGO or diesel are not exempted from destination inspection or import guidelines and as such are expected to process Form M and PAAR as well as make declarations appropriately in the NICIS II system.

The decision to charge VAT for diesel importations is stated to be in compliance with the VAT Modification Order 2021.

Details of the letter:

“I am directed to forward a letter from Federal Inland Revenue Service on the above subject matter. The VAT Modification order 2021 only exempts Petroleum products of HS codes 2709.00.00.00 – 2710.19.12.00 from payment of VAT. AGO or Diesel falls classifiable under HS Code 2710.19.21.00 and is not exempted from paying VAT.”

“Subsequent upon the above, all future importations of the product should assess and pay VAT at the point of entry into the country.”

“Also note that AGO or Diesel are not exempted from destination inspection or import guidelines and as such are expected to process Form M and PAAR as well as make declarations appropriately in the NICIS II system.”

This development comes as a surprise to many diesel suppliers who have been importing the product without paying VAT for years.

Some of them have expressed their displeasure and confusion over the new directive, saying that it will increase their cost of doing business and affect their profit margins.

One of the diesel suppliers, who spoke to Nairametrics on condition of anonymity, confirmed receipt of the letter and stated that they were “engaging” with relevant authorities to avoid paying the tax.

Another diesel supplier, who also preferred not to be named, said that he was worried about the impact of the new directive on his customers and the economy at large. He said that diesel is a widely used product in Nigeria, especially for power generation and transportation.

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