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Only 41 million people pay tax in Nigeria, says FIRS boss

Muhammad Nami, the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), has said that only 41 million pay taxes in Nigeria out of the over 200 million population in the country.

Nami made the disclosure at the ‘Public Presentation and Breakdown of the Highlights of the 2022 Appropriation Bill’ in Abuja on Friday.

According to the Vanguard newspaper, the FIRS boss said that in spite of the 41 million taxpayers in the country, Nigeria still earned lower than what its counterparts across Africa generate from Personal Income Taxes (PIT).

“If you also compare that with South Africa where they have a total population of about 60 million people, with just 4 million taxpayers, the total personal income tax paid in South Africa last year was about N13 trillion.