Expanding Horizons: Inland Revenue’s Guide to International Taxation in Lagos.


In today’s globalized world, businesses often expand their operations beyond their home countries. For Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, attracting international businesses and investors is a priority. To facilitate this global expansion while ensuring fair tax practices, the Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) has developed a comprehensive guide to international taxation. This article explores the LIRS’s approach to international taxation in Lagos, emphasizing its significance, core principles and the impact it has on fostering a globally competitive business environment.

The Globalization of Business:

As businesses expand internationally, they encounter a complex web of tax regulations, treaties, and compliance requirements. International taxation aims to address these complexities and ensure that businesses are taxed fairly in every jurisdiction where they operate.

LIRS’s Guide to International Taxation:

  1. Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs): Lagos, and by extension Nigeria, has signed DTAs with several countries. These treaties prevent double taxation of income and provide a framework for resolving tax disputes between Lagos and its international partners.
  2. Transfer Pricing Regulations: To prevent profit shifting and ensure that transactions between related entities are conducted at arm’s length, the LIRS has established transfer pricing regulations aligned with international standards.
  3. Withholding Taxes: The LIRS levies withholding taxes on various types of income, such as dividends, interest, and royalties, which can have implications for international businesses and investors.
  4. Permanent Establishment (PE): International businesses with a physical presence in Lagos may be subject to tax on income generated through that establishment, as per international tax norms.
  5. Tax Credits and Exemptions: The LIRS provides tax credits and exemptions to encourage international businesses to invest in Lagos, making the region more competitive.

Benefits of International Taxation:

  1. Global Integration: By adhering to international taxation principles, Lagos becomes an attractive destination for international businesses, promoting global integration.
  2. Investor Confidence: Transparent and fair international tax practices build investor confidence, fostering long-term commitments and partnerships.
  3. Economic Growth: International businesses contribute to economic growth, job creation, and infrastructure development, benefiting the local community and the broader economy.
  4. Competitive Advantage: A clear and equitable international tax regime enhances Lagos’s competitiveness in attracting global investors and businesses.
  5. Legal Certainty: International taxation principles provide legal certainty, reducing the risk of double taxation and tax disputes.


The Lagos Inland Revenue Service’s guide to international taxation underscores its dedication to fostering a globally competitive business environment in Lagos. By providing transparent and fair international tax practices, the LIRS creates an environment where international businesses can thrive and contribute to the economic development of Lagos. As the city continues to expand its horizons on the global stage, the collaboration between the LIRS and international businesses will be instrumental in driving mutual prosperity and sustainable development in Lagos, Nigeria.

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