Effect Of Corporate Tax Revenue On Economic Growth Of Nigerian Manufacturing Sector

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Effect Of Corporate Tax Revenue On Economic Growth Of Nigerian Manufacturing Sector


Abstract


This research work focused on the effect of corporate tax revenue on economic growth with particular reference to Nigeria manufacturing sector. The researcher to examined the effect of company income tax on gross domestic product in Nigeria. The effect of value added tax (VAT) on gross domestic product in Nigeria. The effect of custom and excise duties on gross domestic project in Nigeria. the made use of Eview in the data analysis. The analysis shows that a one naira change in CIT will increase GDP by 0.737211, while a naira change in VAT will decrease GDP by 3.447379 however, a naira change in CUSEX will increase GDP by 0.795198. In summary, GDP is influenced positively by CIT and CUSEX while it is affected negatively by VAT in varied proportions. The extent of effect of CIT and CUSEX on is positive and insignificant. It was also observed that value added tax (VAT) influences on gross domestic product in Nigeria. This researcher work also observed that custom and excise duties has significant effect on the gross domestic project in Nigeria. based on the findings, the researcher recommends that The introduction of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) which is a registration and storage of tax payers’ data in Nigeria is a welcomed idea but for it to be successful it should be structured in such a way that will make all potential tax payers liable. Citizens and companies should be able to operate bank accounts only if they have TIN numbers. Government parastatals, multinationals, conglomerates and companies in the country should not engage any vendor who does not have a TIN number. This will go a long way in reducing Tax evasion. All taxes should be remitted via an e-payment system or via direct payment to the various tax authorities’ accounts. This will enhance and support the cashless economy system introduced recently. Tax Clearance Certificates and other tax documents used in government transactions should be referred back to the relevant revenue authority for authentication.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Tax revenue mobilization as a source for financing development activities in Nigeria has been a difficult issue primarily because of various forms of resistance, such as evasion, avoidance and other form of corrupt practices. These activities are considered as sabotaging the economy and are readily presented as part of the reasons for present state of underdevelopment in Nigeria.

As the Nigerian economy is in the recession period, there are inconsistencies in our tax laws which had made it difficult for the tax body to administer and even for the tax payer to follow.

The federal government had the intension to maintain a uniform tax system but the economic condition of each state has given room for divergence system. The most important thing one should have in mind is that taxation is supposed to be an instrument of social change which it is not answering as much as it should be doing presently in Nigeria. The impact of tax payment is not felt by payee and some do not understand some tax laws and this indeed has put them into doubt and confusion and has definitely made others to want to avoid and evade tax.

Every modern state or nation requires a lot of revenue to be able to provide and maintain essential services for its citizen. One ready means of revenue for the government is through the imposition of tax. The imposition of tax by the government is not a new phenomenon. There is hardly any government today that does not rely on taxation. However, apart from the complications that have crept into the taxation system in modern times, the reason for the imposition of tax in fact ceased to be only for the generation of revenue for the state. It has also become the avenue for the redistribution of wealth and re-adjustment of the economy (Ojo, 2008).

Therefore, the tax system is one of the most powerful levies available to any government to stimulate and guide its economic and social development. The FBIR (Federal Board of Inland Revenue) which is vested with the power to administer the act and carry out all the act which may be deemed necessary and expedient for the assessment and collection of tax ,and shall for all amount so collected in a manner to be prescribed by the Federal Minister of Finance. The Board has certain reserved power which shall not be delegated to any other person to perform, e.g. power to acquire, hold and dispose properties of any company in satisfaction to tax or any judgment debt, and to specify the forms of return claim and notices.

The main forms of tax collected are direct and indirect taxes. For the direct taxes, it is levied on individuals, and factors of productions e.g. Personal Income Tax (PIT), Capital Gain Tax (CGT).

However, indirect taxes are levied on goods and services e.g. import and export duties. Thus, the consumers bear the ultimate burden. Having realized that taxation is one of the most important sources of revenue for the various tiers of the government and a major way of sourcing financial support to the Nigeria government

at large, it is of paramount importance that tax evasion and avoidance is discouraged with every conceivable means.


1.2 Statement of Problem

In developing countries, the government has to play an active role in promoting economic growth and development because private initiative and capital are limited. Fiscal policy or budget has become an important instrument in promoting growth and development in such economies.

Taxation is an important part of fiscal policy which can be used effectively by government and developing economies. Taxation play a very vital role in economic development of a country which includes: resources mobilization, reduction in inequalities of income, improvement in social welfare, foreign exchange, regional development, control inflation etc.

According to the classical economist the only objective of taxation was to raise government revenue. But with the change in circumstances and ideologies, the aim of taxes has also been changed. These days apart from the objective of raising the public revenue, taxes level affect consumption, production and distribution with a view to ensuring the social welfare through the economic development of a country, tax can be used as an important tool in the following manner: optimum allocation of available resources, raising government revenue, encouraging savings and investment, acceleration of economic growth, price stability, control mechanism etc. the one and major problem to be address in this work “is the poor fiscal discipline in the allocation of resources and the operation of an ineffective tax regime in Nigeria.’’


1.3 Objectives of the Study

The aim of this research work is to examine the effect of corporate tax revenue on economic growth with particular reference to Nigeria manufacturing sector.

The specific objectives of this research work includes the following:

  1. To examine the effect of company income tax on gross domestic product in Nigeria.
  2. To evaluate the effect of value added tax (VAT) on gross domestic product in Nigeria.
  3. To ascertain the effect of custom an excise duties on gross domestic project in Nigeria.

1.4 Research Questions

Based on the objectives of this study, the researcher asked the following questions:

  1. To what extent does custom and excise duties affect the gross domestic product of Nigeria?
  2. To what extent does company income tax affect gross domestic product of Nigeria?
  3. To what extent does value added tax affect the gross domestic product of Nigeria?

1.5 Statement of Hypotheses

  1. Ho: Company income tax does not have any influence on gross domestic product of Nigeria
    H1: Company income tax influences gross domestic product of Nigeria.
  2. Ho: Custom and excise duties do not influence the gross domestic product of Nigeria.
    H1: Custom and excise duties influence the gross domestic product of Nigeria.
  3. Ho: There is no significant difference between value added tax and gross domestic product of Nigeria
    H1: There is a significant difference between value added tax and gross domestic product of Nigeria

1.6 Significance of the Study

Tax revenue is one of the sources of revenue to the government. This can be used to achieve economic growth and development, maintain equilibrium in the economy by combating elements of depression, inflation or deflation, achieve equity in income and wealth distribution and address issues of poverty and promote socioeconomic development. One of the significance of this research study is to establish at which corporate tax revenue has effect on the economic growth and development in Nigeria.

The research findings would be of importance to policy makers at both state and federal level in the country as they formulate and implement tax and revenue policies. This will provide an insight on how to ensure that tax revenue meets the purpose it intended to achieve. Policy makers, especially the Federal Inland Revenue Service will use the outcome of the study to gauge its performance, and determine the level of input it would have to make to impact positively to the Nigerian economy.

This study will also be of great important to students at various level of learning especially those that intend to carry out further research on this subject. It will students to understand the present effect of Capital Gain Tax revenue on the total revenue of the government of Nigerian and on the economic growth and development.

Also this study will be of great importance to further researchers, scholars and academicians will find the literature arising from the research work to be of great value as it will be added to the existing literature.


1.7 Justification of the Study

A study on the effect of tax revenue on economic growth and development in Nigeria is justified based on the need for the various level of government in Nigeria to ensure continuous economic growth and development through the utilization of tax revenue from various taxes ranging from Petroleum Profit Tax, Company Income Tax, Custom and Excise Duty and Value Added Tax. . The need for this research work can be explained through the unresolved inherent problems associated with administration and collection of capital gain Tax revenue as an instrument for economic growth and development in Nigeria. This research work will go a long way providing an insight to the policies makers in Nigeria on how to ensure the adequate and efficient administration and collection of taxes towards ensuring economic growth and development.


1.8 Scope of the Study

The scope of this study covers the effect of tax revenue on the Nigerian economic growth and development over a period of 20 years (from 1996 to 2016). The trend of Company Income Tax, Petroleum Profit Tax, Customs and Excise Duty and Value Added Tax are examined for the period to determine their correlation with the Nigerian economy growth and development which will be captured as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The focus will be based on data obtained at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and State Revenue Service.


1.9 Definition of Terms

Taxation:

This is a process whereby charges are imposed on the incomes of individual and organizations by the government and her agencies to raise funds for public purposes.

Revenue Generation:

This is a tool for receiving money from members of the public by the government to finance its projects and to render essential services like roads, electricity, and bridges in return to the taxpayers (citizens)

Tax System:

This is a legal system for assessing and receiving tax from individuals, and cooperate organizations of a country.

Tax Evasion:

Tax evasion is an illegal practice where a person, organization or cooperation intentionally avoids paying his/her/ true tax liability to the government.

Tax Avoidance:

Tax avoidance is the use of legal methods and platforms to modify an individual’s financial situation in order to lower the amount of income tax owed.

Economic Growth:

It is described as a measure of increase in the value of outputs (goods and services) in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Economic Development:

This is a measure of improvement in the general welfare and standard of living due to more equitable distribution of incomes, goods and services

Tax Authorities:

These are the bodies scheduled with the administration an implementation of tax laws and principles in relation to specific jurisdictions.

Value Added Tax:

This is described as a type of indirect tax levied on goods and services purchased by individuals and organizations.

Petroleum Profit Tax:

This is a type of tax paid by organizations that are involved in the extraction (downstream) and the marketing of petroleum (upstream) in Nigeria.

Personal Income Tax:

This is a type of tax levied on the income of individuals such as civil servants, self-employed people etc.

Custom Duty:

It is a type of tax levied on imported and exported good in Nigeria.


Chapter Five


Conclusions and Recommendation

5.1 Conclusion

This study examined the impact of company income tax and value-added tax on economic growth in Nigeria. The study adopted gross domestic product as proxy for economic growth and the dependent variable, while company income tax and value-added tax were independent variables. Data on the variables for the period 2005 – 2014 was collected from the Central Bank of Nigeria Statistical Bulletin. The study employed OLS technique based on Windows SPSS 20 version to analysis the data. The findings from the statistical analysis of data revealed that company income tax and value-added tax have positive significant impact on economic growth in Nigeria.

Based on the above findings, the study recommended that the tax authorities in Nigeria should strengthen the tax administration system as tax revenue has been proven to be an important source of government revenue for sustainable development. The study also recommended that the tax authorities responsible for tax administration should upgrade the tax database to capture all potential tax-payers in order to broaden tax income. Government should embark on massive public enlightenment campaign and carried out tax education among the citizenry to ensure voluntary tax compliance. Also, qualified tax professionals should be employed and trained regularly, and retained in the system of tax administration. Government should seriously work towards diversifying the revenue base of the economy as the reduction in the price of crude oil at the international market would adversely affect income from petroleum profit tax.


5.2 Recommendations

The following recommendations emerged from the findings and conclusions of the study:

  1. The introduction of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) which is a registration and storage of tax payers‘ data in Nigeria is a welcomed idea but for it to be successful it should be structured in such a way that will make all potential tax payers liable. Citizens and companies should be able to operate bank accounts only if they have TIN numbers. Government parastatals, multinationals, conglomerates and companies in the country should not engage any vendor who does not have a TIN number. This will go a long way in reducing Tax evasion.
  2. The tribunal recommended by the Tax Act 1993 should be established to reduce cases of tax evasion and remittance of tax collections especially. Only professionals and trustworthy hands should be responsible for tax administration.
  3. All taxes should be remitted via an e-payment system or via direct payment to the various tax authorities‘ accounts. This will enhance and support the cashless economy system introduced recently.
  4. Tax Clearance Certificates and other tax documents used in government transactions should be referred back to the relevant revenue authority for authentication.
  5. The government should ensure that taxes are accounted for to the public via print and electronic media. The intent of government with such tax should be communicated to the general public. In so doing, a separate body should be set up to inspect and ensure that the funds generated by government through tax at each level of government is properly used and any level of government that fails to utilize such taxes as communicated to the public should be charged to court.

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