Q1: Company Income Tax rises to N392bn in 2021, says NBS

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Companies and  Income Tax (CIT) generated over N392.77 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021 as against N295.72 billion generated in  Q4 2020 and N295.68 billion  in Q1 2020.

This was contained in a data  released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday.

According to the data, the figures represent 32.82 per cent  increase quarter-on-quarter and 32.84 per cent  increase year-on-year.

Similarly, breweries, bottling and beverages generated the highest amount of CIT with N23.26 billion generated and closely followed by professional services including telecoms which generated N18.17 billion; state ministries and parastatals generated N17.35 billion while textile and garment industry generated the least and closely followed by mining and automobiles and assemblies with N13.49 million, N34.40 million and N73.57 million  generated

respectively.

“Out of the total amounted generated in Q1 2021, N152.33 billion was generated as CIT locally while N184.59 billion was generated as foreign CIT payment. The balance of N55.85 billion was generated as CIT from other payments” NBS, said.

Recall that in the Q4 2020 Gross Domestic Products (GDP) result, telecoms generated the highest amount of Companies and  Income Tax  (CIT)  with N55.52 billion, so prompting  a  statistics professor from the University of Ibadan and a former president of Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA), Olusanya Olubusoye, to advise  the government to focus on the sector.

“I am a quantitative person. The first thing we have to  understand is  which sector actually drives the growth?  If it is telecommunications then  more support and attention should be given to the sector.  That is the starting point – more support in terms of funding,” he advised.

SOURCE: THE SUN

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