The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), said it generated a record N6.4 trillion as revenue in 2021, the highest in its history.
Despite the global economic challenges occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, amid disruption of business activities in 2020 by nationwide protests, the FIRS achieved over 100% of its collection target for the 2021 financial year.
Commenting on the performance, Executive Chairman, FIRS, Muhammad Nami, said: “The FIRS, in the year 2021 collected a total of N6.405 trillion in both oil (N2.008 trillion) and non-oil (N4.396 trillion) revenues as against a target of N6.401 trillion.
“Companies Income Tax amounted to N1.896 trillion; Petroleum Profits Tax amounted to N2 trillion; Value Added Tax amounted to N2.07 trillion; Electronic Money Transfer Levy amounted to N114 billion; Earmarked Taxes amounted to N208.8 billion; among others.
“Non-oil sector contributed 69% of the total collection in the year, while oil sector’s contribution was 31% of the total collection.
“The Service issued certificates for the sum of N147.8 billion tax credit to private investors and NNPC for road infrastructure under the Road Infrastructure Development Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme created by Executive Order No. 007 of 2019.”
According to a statement on Thursday, the FIRS said the 2021 income tax revenue was a function of the outcome of business activities in 2020.
“In that year, the country entered into a second economic recession within 5 years. The recession was occasioned by 5-months of lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“To compound the economic challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, business activities were disrupted by the End-SARS protests,” it concluded.
The FIRS, in the year 2021 collected a total of N6.405 trillion in both oil (N2.008 trillion) and non-oil (N4.396 trillion) revenues as against a target of N6.401 trillion.