Exemption: You shouldn’t be paying VAT on the following 10 commodities

Following the exemption granted businesses with turnover less than N25million in respect of VAT, other commodities especially food items have also been excluded from VAT payment.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari during presentation of the 2020 budget at the National Assembly says VAT exemptions are expanding under section 46 of the Finance Bill, 2019. Pharmaceuticals, educational items and basic commodities are by law exempted from VAT. However more food and beverages items have now been added.

The review, according to the President is such that any fiscal policy adjustments, is moderated, such that the poor and vulnerable, who are at the receiving end, do not bear the brunt of these reforms.

Below is a list of 10 items exempted from the VAT act.

1. Brown and white bread;

2. Cereals including maize, rice, wheat, millet, barley and sorghum;

3. Fish of all kinds;

4. Flour and starch meals;

5. Fruits, nuts, pulses and vegetables of various kinds;

6. Roots such as yam, cocoyam, sweet and Irish potatoes;

7. Meat and poultry products including eggs;

8. Milk;

9. Salt and herbs of various kinds; and

10. Natural water and table water.

The President in his speech added that his proposals also raise the threshold for VAT registration to N25 million in turnover per annum, such that the revenue authorities can focus their compliance efforts on larger businesses thereby bringing relief for Micro, Small and Medium-sized businesses.

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