The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has announced an extension to the deadline for the submission of company income tax returns for the 2023 year of assessment (YOA). Initially set for June 30, the new deadline has been moved to August 31, 2023.

The decision to extend the deadline came in response to numerous requests from companies that were unable to meet the original filing date. Muhammad Nami, the Executive Chairman of FIRS, released a notice on Monday notifying taxpayers of the deadline extension. This extension provides companies with additional time to fulfill their tax obligations and ensures a smoother tax filing process.

He said: “Consequently, as a measure of goodwill and in line with relevant provisions of the Companies Income Tax Act, the Service directs as follows:

“a. all companies whose CIT returns for 2023 YOA fall due between 30th June and 31st August, 2023 (both days inclusive) are given up to 31st August, 2023 to submit the returns to the Service;

“b. the extension of the due date is a one-off gesture for only 2023 YOA CIT returns which are due as aforesaid;

“c. the relevant CIT returns shall, therefore, not attract Late Filing Penalty or interest for late payment if submitted to the Service on or before 31st August 2023;

“d. where relevant CIT returns are not filed by the extended date, penalty and interest for late payment shall be computed from the original due date and not the extended date.”

Nami said the extension of filing date is only for CIT and does not include returns for withholding tax, value added tax, personal income tax (PAYE), and others.

He encouraged taxpayers to take the opportunity afforded by the extension to submit their CIT returns within the specified time, pay the taxes due and avoid payment of penalty and interest.

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