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30m Nigerians do not pay Tax – Adeosun



Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Speaking at the first annual lecture of the Lagos State Professorial Chair of Tax and Fiscal Matters at the University of Lagos, Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun disclosed that Nigeria has 70 million taxable adults but only 40 million of them pay taxes.

She said that 13% of active tax payers have their taxes deducted at source under the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) category.

“I have kept asking why the 30 million people have refused to pay taxes. Another major challenge is the fact that many Nigerians have other sources of income, yet they are only taxed only through the PAYE. Yet, they earn so much from part-time jobs, and extra businesses,” Adeosun said, adding that tax policies need regular reviews and should not be rigid.


According to The Nation, Adeosun said new tax policies must capture online businesses, entrepreneurship and the creative industry.



  1. Osa

    December 16, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Heskiss me ma, 30 million nigerians do not have basic facilities and infrastrcture for basic economic and regular actities in place.
    The terrain is tough enough without government performing the sole function of tax collection. Pluurrssee!

    • keke driver

      December 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      BN can I like this comment a thousand times? Please guys??? Our dumb government has to read this brilliant comment.

    • Perzin

      December 18, 2017 at 10:46 am

      I wonder what will be said about those of us who are being overtaxed… Upfront – taxed, Leave allowance – Taxed, 13th month – Taxed…. wetin u want make we do in our case?

  2. Bee

    December 16, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Story,story we don tire,everything Na suffer head for Nigeria.
    30 million Nigerians will pay tax if the process is easy and the information is readily available.
    Accountability is also needed as well,most countries that pay tax you can see what it’s used for.
    I can’t tell you how annoying it is to find information about taxes in Nigeria, thank God for programs like Analyse this on Ndani TV.

  3. Lol

    December 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

    So it can go into someone else’s pocket? Nah

  4. Authentic Sunshine

    December 16, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Please you people should leave me, lemme break someborri’s head. Tax korr foodflask ni? It irks me when anybody in their right minds mention tax reform in Nigeria. Where do I start from analysing this misguided focus on Tax payment.
    – Accountability =0
    – How it will be spent =0
    – Record keeping =0
    – Transparency =0
    -Ok how have spent the other monies and recovered loots including Abacha’s = 0

    Pls ma goan faint one side

  5. Mamamia

    December 16, 2017 at 10:39 am

    You guys should better leave those creative businesses and concentrate on your PAYE. What a load of crap. What have you done with the ones you have collected? Roads are still bad, electricity is still a major problem our public schools are nothing to write home about. Madam go and sit down and let those literally fighting to meet their daily needs do so. Mtcheeew

  6. Yoyo

    December 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Why will you just open your mouth and say foolish things madam! Naija has made so much money over the years that if not for mismanagement we should have no income tax at all like the UAE!The 40 million that are not paying tax is most likely the people you guys with hold their salaries for several months at a time then pay them peanuts! Biko take several seats it’s Christmas,hunger dey!

  7. Yoyo

    December 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Bellnaija post my comments oh!!Cos lately you no dey gree post am!

  8. Sisi

    December 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    This lady should respect herself and leave that matter. Tax for what? Tax for who? There’s too much to say on that matter. Oil revenue what did they do with it talk less of the hard earned money of the majority of those millions. Please ma don’t let anyone curse you. Do your job and move on quietly.

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