Supporting Lagos’ Creative Economy: Inland Revenue’s Role in Arts and Culture.


Lagos, Nigeria, is not only the country’s economic powerhouse but also a vibrant cultural hub. Its creative economy encompasses a diverse range of industries, including music, film, fashion and visual arts. Recognizing the economic potential of this sector, the Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) has taken significant steps to support and promote the creative economy. In this article, we will explore the importance of the creative economy, the role of the LIRS in supporting it and the impact of these efforts on both artists and the broader Lagos community.

The Significance of the Creative Economy:

The creative economy is a dynamic and rapidly growing sector that contributes significantly to economic development, job creation and cultural enrichment. In Lagos, the creative industries have become a driving force in the economy, with several key characteristics:

  1. Economic Growth: The creative economy generates substantial revenue through music, film, fashion and art exports, contributing to Lagos’ GDP.
  2. Employment: The sector provides employment opportunities for a wide range of talents, from musicians and actors to designers and visual artists.
  3. Cultural Identity: Creativity and culture are intertwined, and the creative economy helps preserve and promote Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
  4. Global Influence: Nigerian music, film, fashion and art have gained international recognition, elevating the country’s global profile.

The LIRS’s Role in Supporting the Creative Economy:

The Lagos Inland Revenue Service recognizes the potential of the creative economy and has taken several measures to support and nurture it:

  1. Tax Incentives: The LIRS offers tax incentives to businesses and individuals in the creative industries, such as reduced tax rates or exemptions, to encourage investment and growth.
  2. Education and Awareness: The LIRS conducts educational programs and workshops to raise awareness about tax compliance within the creative sector, helping artists and businesses understand their tax obligations.
  3. Collaboration: The LIRS collaborates with industry associations, such as the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS), to provide healthcare coverage for artists and creatives.
  4. Streamlined Processes: Digital platforms and online services make it easier for creatives to register their businesses, file taxes and access important information.
  5. IP Protection: The LIRS supports intellectual property protection, helping artists safeguard their creative works and investments.

Impact on Artists and the Lagos Community:

The LIRS’s support for the creative economy has several positive outcomes:

  1. Economic Empowerment: Tax incentives and financial education enable artists and creative businesses to thrive economically.
  2. Job Creation: A thriving creative sector creates employment opportunities for thousands of Lagos residents.
  3. Cultural Enrichment: The preservation and promotion of Nigerian culture through the creative economy enhance the city’s cultural identity.
  4. Global Recognition: Lagos’ creative talents gain global recognition, attracting international partnerships and collaborations.
  5. Revenue Generation: The creative sector’s growth contributes to increased tax revenue, which can be reinvested in public services and infrastructure.


The Lagos Inland Revenue Service’s commitment to supporting the creative economy reflects the importance of this sector in the city’s economic and cultural landscape. By offering tax incentives, promoting tax compliance and collaborating with industry stakeholders, the LIRS empowers artists and creative businesses to thrive and contribute to the prosperity of Lagos. As the creative economy continues to flourish, the partnership between the LIRS and the creative community will play a pivotal role in fostering growth, creativity and cultural richness in Lagos and beyond.

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