Creative Professionals and Taxes: Navigating Taxation with OGIRS for Artists.


The creative industry in Nigeria, encompassing visual artists, musicians, writers, and performers, plays a vital role in shaping culture and enriching society. Creative professionals contribute their talent and passion to produce works of art, but they also face unique tax considerations. To ensure that artists can continue to thrive while fulfilling their tax obligations, the Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS) provides guidelines tailored to the needs of creative professionals. This article explores the intersection of creativity and taxation, shedding light on how artists can navigate taxation with OGIRS’s support.

1. The Creative Economy in Nigeria:

The creative industry in Nigeria is a vibrant and diverse sector that encompasses various artistic expressions, including music, literature, visual arts, fashion, film, and performing arts. This sector contributes significantly to the nation’s cultural identity and economic growth.

2. Tax Implications for Creative Professionals:

a. Income Tax: Creative professionals are subject to income tax on earnings from their artistic endeavors. This includes income from performances, royalties, sales of artwork and writing.

b. Value Added Tax (VAT): VAT may be applicable to certain creative services, such as art sales, event planning, and the sale of intellectual property.

c. Withholding Tax: Artists who receive payments for performances or royalties may be subject to withholding tax.

3. OGIRS Guidelines for Creative Professionals:

a. Tax Registration: Artists should ensure proper registration with OGIRS and obtain relevant tax identification numbers (TINs).

b. Income Reporting: Accurate reporting of income from artistic activities is crucial. Artists must maintain thorough records of their earnings and expenses.

c. VAT Compliance: Creative professionals involved in VAT-eligible activities should register for VAT and remit the appropriate amount to OGIRS.

4. Benefits of Compliance with OGIRS Guidelines:

a. Legal Compliance: Adhering to OGIRS guidelines ensures that artists operate within the bounds of the law.

b. Reduced Tax Liability: Proper tax planning can help artists minimize their tax liabilities while maximizing their income.

c. Financial Security: Complying with tax obligations ensures that artists can access essential public services and maintain their financial well-being.

5. Steps for Creative Professionals to Navigate Taxation with OGIRS:

a. Educate Yourself: Understand the tax regulations and guidelines applicable to your specific artistic field.

b. Consultation: Seek advice from tax professionals who specialize in working with creative professionals.

c. Record Keeping: Maintain accurate financial records to support your tax filings.


Creative professionals are essential contributors to Nigeria’s cultural heritage and economic prosperity. However, they also have unique tax considerations that require careful attention. OGIRS’s commitment to providing tailored guidelines for creative professionals is a testament to its recognition of the importance of this sector.

By embracing these guidelines, artists can not only ensure legal compliance but also optimize their tax planning to maximize their income. Navigating taxation effectively allows artists to focus on their craft and continue enriching society through their creative expressions. In doing so, they contribute not only to their own financial success but also to the continued growth and vitality of the Nigerian creative economy.

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