In response to recent statements suggesting the inclusion of skitmakers, influencers, and other digital content creators in tax regulations, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has clarified that it has no plans to tax individuals in this category.
The clarification follows remarks by Dare Adekambi, the Special Adviser on Media to the FIRS chairman, who was quoted as stating that social media content creators and influencers were considered a significant group of tax evaders.
Adekambi emphasized the importance of adhering to Nigerian tax laws, which mandate everyone earning income to pay taxes.
Contrary to initial reports, an anonymous FIRS official revealed on Monday that skit makers fall outside the purview of the agency’s taxation policies. The official explained that the FIRS exclusively collects Company Income Tax and does not impose Personal Income Tax, a responsibility that lies with state governments.
The official further clarified that only corporate entities earning profits of N25 million and above are obligated to pay tax to the FIRS, distancing individual content creators and influencers from this requirement.
As the FIRS aims to foster voluntary compliance, it has expressed its intention to engage with content creators and influencers, providing them with insights into the benefits of contributing to the nation’s tax revenue voluntarily.
This clarification seeks to allay concerns among the digital content creation community, assuring them that the FIRS does not currently have plans to impose taxes on their personal income.
The agency’s emphasis on corporate taxation reinforces its commitment to aligning with existing legal frameworks while encouraging dialogue to ensure a fair and transparent tax system.