TAXATION AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO DWINDLING OIL REVENUE IN NIGERIA
The study examine impact taxation as an alternative to dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria, the study has the following objectives, To examine taxation as an alternative to dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria, To examine the effect of taxation on the taxation economy and development in general, To examine the effectiveness of the institutional framework for the collection and enforcement of tax duties. Concerning methodology for this study, data was obtained from primary source that is questionnaire and secondary source which include text books, journals. Data collected were analyzed using frequencies and percentages which enabled the researcher to clearly represent true data characteristics and findings with a great deal of accuracy. Interpretation and analysis of data was also used to describe items in tables and charts used for this study. Also, chi-square method was used to test the hypotheses developed. The sample size of this study consists of thirty-two (32) respondents. Since the population for the study was not large, and data could be collected from all the respondents, the researcher adopted the census sampling technique to successfully complete the study. All 32 respondents were used for this study.
The study has the following findings; Most Nigerians do not pay tax in Nigeria. Effective taxation can improve the revenue base of the nation. Taxation can serve as an alternative to dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria. There should be an effective framework for the enforcement of tax duties in Nigeria.This will educate the government of Nigeria and the general public on the effectiveness of the institutional framework saddled with the responsibility of collection and enforcement of tax duties.
This research will be a contribution to the body of literature in the area of the effect of personality trait on student’s academic performance, thereby constituting the empirical literature for future research in the subject area.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE – INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the Study - - - - -
1.2 Statement of General Problem - - - -
1.3 Objective of the Study - - - - - -
1.4 Research Questions -
1.6 Significance of the Study - - - - -
1.7 Scope of the Study - - - - - -
1.8 Definition of Terms - - - - - -
CHAPTER TWO – REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Introduction - - - - - - -
2.2 Theoretical Framework - - - - -
2.3.3 Tax reform and enhanced revenue generation in Nigeria
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2.4 Empirical Review - - - -
CHAPTER THREE – RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1 Introduction - - -
3.2 Research Design - -
3.3 Area of the Study -
3.4 Population of Study -
3.5 Sample size and Sampling Techniques - -
3.6 Instrument for Data Collection -
3.7 Validity of the Instrument - -
3.8 Reliability of the Instrument -
3.9 Method of Data Collection - - -
3.10 Method of Data Analysis - -
CHAPTER FOUR – DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS
4.0 Introduction - - - -
4.1 Data Presentation and Analysis -
4.2 Characteristics of the Respondents
4.3 Data Analysis -
4.4 Testing Hypothesis -
4.5 Summary of Findings -
4.6 Discussion of Findings -
CHAPTER FIVE – SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
5.0 Introduction - -
5.1 Summary - - -
5.2 Conclusion - -
5.3 Recommendations - -
References - - - -
Appendix - - -
1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Nigeria is currently not enjoying the best of times. The country is presently suffering the adverse effects of the dwindling revenue from crude oil and gas sector, which today accounts for about 95 percent of its revenue.The fallen price of crude at the world market has orchestrated the devaluation of the Naira and increased inflation.The manufacturing and other productive sectors are worst hit because, as the country is highly import dependent, they find it extremely difficult to bring in raw materials, especially now that the central bank has closed its auction market window. The dollar is expensive to procure at the interbank window and the black market.More worrisome was the need for government to review its 2015 fiscal policy by slashing the benchmark of oil, in the 2015 budget from $120 to $75, and now to $53. The implication of the budget review may not manifest now (Vanguard, 2015). It may result to a scale down in capital and recurrent spending. That alone can translate to a reduction in money in circulation.
Looking at what this portends for the nation should this trend continue unchecked, experts have called on the government not to fold its hands, but to explore other potential sources of revenue through the diversification of the nation’s economy (Dike, 2015). While some urged the government to redirect its focus to the agriculture sector, others asked the government to explore the numerous mineral resources for alternative source of income. Yet, few others said Nigeria, like many other advanced countries, can rely on tax revenue for survival. However this study is examining taxation as an alternative to the dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria.
Taxation is a means of generating revenue by government for the purpose of providing social services to the people (Okauru, 2014). Taxation all over the world is a function of reciprocity (Okauru, 2014). While the government owes it as a duty to empower the citizens by providing jobs, infrastructure and other development projects, the citizens are usually expected to reciprocate by performing their own obligations, principal of which is payment of taxes (Okauru, 2014). Revenue generated from citizen’s taxes is usually recycled by the state (government) in the area of provision of basic amenities such as water, roads, electricity, schools, among others (Okauru, 2014).
The new reality considering the present situation in Nigeria is that governments at all levels have to raise the bar by embarking on an aggressive tax drive, considering the dwindling revenue profile arising from the fall in oil prices (Dike, 2015). Therefore, Nigerians have to come to terms with the present reality.Taxes come in various forms, ranging from personal income tax, value added tax and companies income tax, among others.To bridge the yawning gap in revenue accruals, there arose the need for government to embark on aggressive taxation which is the most recognized and plausible means of generating revenue for social services across the globe.
The Vanguard of December 15th, 2015 indicates that revenue accruable from value added tax from March to June 2015 came to about N376 billion, but this figure has doubled since July till December. The reason of course can be attributed to the Federal Government’s commitment towards diversification of revenue sources. With aggressive tax laws and enforcement, there is no doubt that Nigeria can withstand the shocks of the uncertainties in the oil market. What this means is that there will be more revenue available for the government to cater for the needs of the Nigeria people. This is the best time in our history for Nigerians to embrace the tax system. By this, Nigerians can be involved in the contributory social contract by paying their taxes regularly.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
According to reports that Nigeria has lost its position as the lead supplier of oil to the United States of America, there is need for Nigerian government to diversify its revenue base through taxation as the alternative means of revenue generation in order to keep fit in the face of dwindling revenue from oil.However, there is need to harmonizethe tax system and ensure collaboration between government tax agencies and professional tax institutes and consultants. Government needs to practically shift attention from oil to development of other revenue sources especially non-oil exports to support internally generate revenue from taxes. The reliability of the institutional framework for tax processing and enforcement must not be questionable to ensure sustainable development through taxation. However, this study is examining taxation as an alternative to dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The following are the objectives of this study:
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
HO: Taxation cannot serve as an alternative to dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria.
HA: Taxation serve as an alternative to dwindling oil revenue in Nigeria.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The following are the significance of this study:
1.7 SCOPE/LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
This study will cover the process of taxation in Nigeria. It will also cover the activities of the tax collection and enforcement officers.
LIMITATION OF STUDY
Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).
Time constraint- The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.
Dike M.A.C (2015): An overview of the Nigerian Tax System and the Taxes payable by individuals and Corporate Bodies.
Okauru Ifueko Omoigui (2014): “Tax Incentives for Foreign Investors in Nigeria” at The Nigeria Investors Business Forum in Berne Switzerland
Vanguard, 15th December, 2015
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