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NIPOST Tackles FIRS On Its Exclusive Rights On Stamp Duty Collection

The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has again tackled the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over its exclusive control on Stamp duty collection. The two federal agencies have been beefing since last year over its exclusive right over the collection of Stamp duties.

While the FIRS said the Finance Act 2019 conferred on it the exclusive right to collect stamp duty on behalf of the Federal Government, NIPOST countered this by saying the Act contains some “contradictions” which should be addressed by appropriate authorities.

Also insisting that the Office of the Accountant-General had issued a circular to them on the collection of both physical and electronic stamp duty of N50, the postal agency said in a statement on Sunday, May 31 that its statutory powers conferred on it the right to print, mint, produce, retail, and provide adhesive postage stamp for the use of Nigerians.

NIPOST also averred that it is statutorily empowered to collect stamp duty and it would not give up its right on it.
This is, however, coming after the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zaynab Ahmed announced in December 2019, that FIRS will automatically become an agency to collect the Stamp Duty following the passage of the 2019 Finance Bill by the National Assembly which contains an amendment to Stamp Duty Act.

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