ECOWAS counsels Nigeria to raise VAT on hotels, others
The Economic Community of West Africa States has canvassed an increase in the Value Added Tax on luxury items including perfume, wine and other alcoholic beverages, fuelling speculations about inflation on the items.
According to ECOWAS, Nigeria remains the least VAT paying country in West Africa.
The ECOWAS Director of Domestic Tax, Tiemtore Salifou, submitted the sideline of a two-day regional seminar on problems of tax transition in West Africa which ended in Abuja on Friday.
He however suggested that the increase should be on products that would not impact negatively poorer Nigerians.
While emphasising that there was no economic wisdom in Nigeria paying less VAT than the Niger Republic, Salifou suggested a VAT increase on items like the hospitality industry, expensive perfumes and wines among other imported products.
He said, “There are some products we can increase VAT on without impacting on the lives of the normal Nigerians.
“I am talking about the hotels, perfumes, wines and certain products for the rich. I don’t think it will have any impact on the common people if the government increases tax on them.”
He added that Nigeria should not put VAT on certain very important products to the common citizens.