Stock Market: New 7.5% VAT Charge Begins Feb. 1

Stock Market

Investors in the Nigerian stock market investors will be charged the new Value Added Tax (VAT) rate of 7.5 per cent from February 1.
In a circular to stockbroking firms on Wednesday, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) indicated that with effect from February 1, VAT charged on commissions applicable to capital market transactions will increase from five per cent to 7.5 per cent.
The actual implementation of new VAT regime commences on Monday February 3, 2020, the first trading session after the effective date of the new VAT rate.
The VAT will apply to commissions earned by stockbroking firms on the traded value of shares as well as those payable to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Central Securities Clearing System Plc. (CSCS).
The Exchange urged stockbroking firms to engage their software vendors for the amendment of their systems to reflect the increase in the VAT rate, and communicate to their clients ahead of the effective date.