Role of Auditors in Ensuring Compliance with Nigeria Finance Act 2022.

Auditor Responsibilities: Types, Guidelines, Skills Required


The Nigeria Finance Act 2022 brings significant changes to the country’s tax and regulatory landscape, impacting individuals and businesses alike. As the Act introduces new tax provisions and amends existing ones, ensuring compliance has become more critical than ever. Auditors play a pivotal role in this process, serving as essential gatekeepers to guarantee that organizations adhere to the Act’s requirements. In this article, we will explore the crucial role of auditors in ensuring compliance with the Nigeria Finance Act 2022.

  • Understanding the Act:

To effectively ensure compliance, auditors must have a deep understanding of the Nigeria Finance Act 2022. This includes a comprehensive grasp of the Act’s provisions, amendments to existing tax laws and their implications for different types of entities, industries and sectors.

Implication: Auditors who are well-versed in the Act can better assess whether organizations are correctly applying the new tax laws to their financial statements.

  • Reviewing Financial Statements:

Auditors are responsible for examining an organization’s financial statements, including income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements. They must scrutinize these documents to ensure that they accurately reflect the financial impact of the Act, including changes in tax liabilities and benefits.

Implication: Accurate financial statements are essential for regulatory compliance and reporting to stakeholders.

  • Evaluating Tax Provision Calculations:

Auditors must assess the accuracy of an organization’s tax provision calculations, taking into account the Act’s new tax rates, deductions, and exemptions. This includes reviewing calculations for corporate income tax, value-added tax (VAT) and other applicable taxes.

Implication: Proper tax provision calculations ensure that organizations accurately estimate their tax liabilities, reducing the risk of underpayment or overpayment.

  • Assessing Compliance with Transfer Pricing Regulations:

The Act strengthens transfer pricing regulations, particularly concerning related-party transactions. Auditors must evaluate whether organizations are complying with these regulations by conducting related-party transactions at arm’s length and maintaining proper documentation.

Implication: Compliance with transfer pricing regulations minimizes the risk of penalties and ensures fair and transparent dealings.

  • Examining Environmental Taxes and Levies:

Auditors must assess whether organizations are properly accounting for and remitting environmental taxes and levies introduced by the Act, such as those on plastic packaging materials and waste disposal.

Implication: Accurate reporting and remittance of environmental taxes demonstrate an organization’s commitment to environmental sustainability and compliance.

  • Verifying Compliance with Customs Duties:

Auditors should review an organization’s import and export processes to ensure they comply with the Act’s changes to customs duties and trade facilitation measures.

Implication: Compliance with customs duties is crucial for organizations engaged in international trade to avoid delays and additional costs.

  • Offering Compliance Guidance:

Auditors are not only responsible for identifying compliance issues but also for providing guidance to organizations on how to rectify these issues and remain in compliance with the Act.

Implication: Proactive compliance guidance helps organizations avoid potential penalties and legal consequences.


The Nigeria Finance Act 2022 has brought about significant changes to the country’s tax and regulatory framework. Auditors play a pivotal role in ensuring that organizations comply with these changes, maintain accurate financial records and meet their tax obligations. By doing so, they can minimize compliance risks, ensure accurate financial reporting and contribute to a transparent and accountable business environment in Nigeria.

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