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Nigerian oil state claims control of VAT in battle over nation’s wealth

The government of a state in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region has said it would collect value added tax (VAT) in its territory rather than leaving it for a federal agency, a move that threatens the way the nation’s wealth is shared out. Under the political and fiscal system now, a range of taxes are collected nationwide by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and pooled centrally before being redistributed across all 36 of Nigeria’s states according to an agreed formula.



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