Nigerians will now be required to pay stamp duty on house rent agreements and Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) in line with a new directive of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The spokesperson for the FIRS, Abdullahi Ahmed made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, July 2.
He said the federal government has mandated Nigerians to pay stamp duty on house rent agreements, urging Nigerians to ensure that documents pertaining to rent or lease agreements for their homes or offices are subjected to authentication with the new FIRS adhesive stamp duty.
Ahmad also stated that the stamp duty charge should also be subjected to other common business-related transactions. He pointed out that the new FIRS adhesive stamp duty is necessary in order to give the instruments the force of law and make them legally binding on all parties involved in such transactions. The spokesperson disclosed that the new FIRS adhesive stamp duty was recently introduced by the government.
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