The Effect Of Taxation On Business Decision (A Case Study Of Guinness Breweries, Onitsha)

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The Effect Of Taxation On Business Decision (A Case Study Of Guinness Breweries, Onitsha)


This study examines the effect of taxations on business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha, from 2015-2019. In order to adequately investigate relationship, it was necessary to raise some specific research questions, upon which the objective and research hypotheses were drawn. The theoretical and empirical literature reviews were extensively dealt within the chapter two of the study. In chapter three, the methodology with which the study was carried out was specified in the chapter three. In chapter four, empirical data analysis and interpretation were carried out. The findings obtained from the analysis are robustly discussed as follows: Company income tax was found to have positive effect on business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha; Value added tax was observed to contribute negatively to the business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha; Personal income tax was ascertained to contribute negatively to the business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha; Similarly, deferred tax was observed to contribute positively to business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha in the periods under consideration. Based on the findings, it was recommended that the Government should cut down on the tax rates levied on firms to be paid. This will reduce cost of production, increase employment and the overall stability of the Nigeria Economy.

Table Of Content

Preliminary Page(s)

  • Title Page
  • Declaration
  • Approval
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of Content

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1 Background Of The Study
  • 1.2 Statement Of The Problem
  • 1.3 Objectives Of The Study
  • 1.4 Research Questions
  • 1.5 Research Hypothesis
  • 1.6 Significance Of The Study
  • 1.7 Scope Of The Study
  • 1.8 Definition Of Terms
  • 1.9 Organization Of The Study

Chapter Two

2.0 Literature Review

  • 2.1 Theoretical Framework
  • 2.1.1 Brown’s Theory Of Taxation
  • 2.1.2 Ability-To-Pay Approach
  • 2.2 The Concept Of Taxation
  • 2.3 History Of Taxation In Nigeria
  • 2.4 Administration Of Taxation In Nigeria
  • 2.5 Filling Of Tax By Businesses In Nigeria
  • 2.6 Basis Of Liability Of Companies Income Tax
  • 2.7 Advantages Of Taxation
  • 2.8 Business Decisions
  • 2.9 Types Of Business Decisions
  • 2.9.1 Investment Decision (Capital Budgeting Decision):
  • 2.9.2 Financing Decision:
  • 2.9.3 Dividend Decision:
  • 2.10 Effect Of Taxation On Investment Decisions Of A Business
  • 2.11 Effect Of Taxation On Dividend Decision Of A Business

Chapter Three

3.0 Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 The Research Design
  • 3.3 Method Of Data Collection/Sources
  • 3.5 Method Of Data Analysis And Model Specification
  • 3.6 Operationalization Of Variables

Chapter Four

4.0 Results And Discussion

  • 4.1 Results
  • 4.2 Discussion

Chapter Five

5.0 Conclusion And Recommendations

  • 5.1 Conclusion
  • 5.2 Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background Of The Study

The two primary objectives of every business are profitability and solvency. Profitability is the ability of a business to make profit, while solvency is the ability of a business to pay debts as they come due. (Hermanson et al, 1992: 824). However, the achievement of these objectives requires efficient management of resources of the business through planning, budgeting, forecasting, control, and decision – making. Also, the strengths and weakness of the business need to be identified and necessary corrective measures applied. Interestingly, accounting provides information that facilitates these functions.

Every profit-oriented organization is faced with three (3) major business decisions to make every day, as far as finance is concerned. Investment, financing and dividend decisions are the major decisions firms have to tackle everyday in-order to survive. These decisions are greatly influenced by assets, liabilities, expenditures and the capital structure of an organization. Tax which is a form of liability is a broad area in management, and financial account, and it is handled with care as the financial position of every business organization will definitely be affected based on how tax matters are managed.

The ability of an organization to effectively and efficiently employ various techniques to avoid and reduce tax burden is imperative. Considering how tax can affect the success of an organization, it is therefore important for financial managers and accountants to apply efficient legal tax avoidance techniques. Reducing tax liability is similar to reducing expenses. If tax liabilities are efficiently managed, more revenue generated by the organization will be invested in other areas of the business to speed up growth and expand the business.

Just like expenses, tax liabilities incurred by an organization over a period of time affects its business decisions. Every individual and corporation within Nigeria is taxed on income made. Tax liabilities must be paid every year, and failure to file or pay taxes can subject an individual or organization to penalties including fines, interest and even possible jail term. For most companies and businesses, paying tax is a necessary evil and the aim is to reduce the amount of taxes payable as much as possible. Thus, the impact of tax on business decision usually results to how to reduce taxes as much as possible on income earned.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

The impact of the Nigerian tax system on businesses has been a matter of increasing interest and concern to many persons. Tax policies and the structure of taxation in Nigeria is resulting to multiple and sudden geometrical increases in tax assessments on businesses, forcing most businesses to run into losses or even close down or collapse. Businesses make numerous decisions daily. Their inability to make the right decisions can result in their failure. Since taxation is a liability business have to incur, businesses are faced with the option of managing their tax liabilities in such a way that their tax burden could be reduced. Their inability to effectively manage taxation brings about negative effects on the financing, investment and dividend decisions of the business. This is due to uncertainties in the tax amounts and duplicated demands for taxes by the tax officials.

Multiple tax imposition and high tax amounts, obviously burn out of meeting revenue targets by tax offices, are great challenges facing businesses in Nigeria today. Tax liabilities pose two issues for a business. First each and every tax required of a business is just another business expense. An increase in tax has the same effect as with a rise in cost of goods or the electricity bill. All businesses are there to make a profit. While that profit is not a fixed number that the business must have but it is generally a controlling factor if the business is to sustainable. The poor or high cost of social services as well as infrastructure deficit in Nigeria valued at trillions of naira places about 15 per cent additional burden on the cost of doing business by manufacturing firms and service providers in the country, leading to high cost of products and services, according to experts.(The Nation Newspaper, Rising Costs of Doing Business In Nigeria, February 7, 2015. In Quartz Africa Publication, β€œIs it really any easier to do business in Nigeria?” by Yomi Kazeem, November 6, 2017 stated that part of the reason rising costs, in addition to overhead costs, are the multiple levies and taxes from several government agencies. Many of the taxes were estimated and not based on the provision of services by the agency or local government.

Poorer countries have indeed shifted towards more use of the value-added tax (VAT) in recent years for revenue generation. This is in part based on the advice and assistance of international organization but the puzzling difficulties remain. This leaves unanswered why poorer countries so systematically choose the wrong tax policies, and why these wrong policies have remained so stable over time. Perhaps political economy problems are more severe among developing countries, and some important domestic constituency gains from the policies that standard models find perverse. Yet these puzzling policies are found under many different types of governments, drawing their support from many different constituencies. (Coelho, Isaias, and Harris, 2001).

Perhaps poorer countries lack the efficient enforcement machinery based on modern information technology. Certainly, computer technology helps pool information from different sources. Bird (1999) argues, however, that the key problem is acquiring reliable information, not processing it.

1.3 Objectives Of The Study

The main aim of the study will be to critically examine the effects of company taxation on business decisions, using Guinness Breweries, Onitsha as a case study.

Specific objectives of the study will be:

  1. To identify the various business decisions undertaken by Guinness Breweries, Onitsha
  2. To appraise tax avoidance techniques adopted by Guinness Breweries, Onitsha
  3. To examine the effect of taxation on business decisions of Guinness Breweries, Onitsha
  4. To recommend various strategies that can be adopted to minimise the negative effects of taxation on business decisions.

1.4 Research Questions

In considering problems associated with studies of company income tax on business decisions in Nigeria, problems statements like the following arise:

  1. What is the impact of company tax on Investment and Business decisions in Nigeria?
  2. Does company income tax affect the revenue of corporations in Nigeria?
  3. Does effective company income tax help in the building strong entities?

1.5 Research Hypothesis

To carry out the study effectively, the following proposed hypotheses have been formulated and will be tested using regression analysis in the course of carrying out the study:

  1. Ho: There is no significant relationship between Taxation and business decision of Guinness Breweries, Onitsha
  2. Hi: There is a significant relationship between Taxation and business decision of Guinness Breweries, Onitsha

1.6 Significance Of The Study

  1. The study will be useful to financial managers in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha especially in formulating policies that will enhance efficiency in decision making for the organization and increase the profitability level of the organization.
  2. The study will also be useful to other distribution companies having taxation difficulties.
  3. Findings and recommendations from this study will be of great benefits to these distribution firms, as the recommendations if implemented will go a long way in guaranteeing a sustainable and sound organization.
  4. The study when carried out will also be of great benefit to student researchers who have interest in researching more into taxation and various ways it can affect an organization. It would serve as a guide to student researchers who may find the recommendations and findings of the study useful when completed.

1.7 Scope Of The Study

To get the real picture of how taxation can affect business decisions of an organization, the researcher will make use of published financial statements of Guinness Breweries, Onitsha, from 2015-2019, that is a period of 5 years for the study.

1.8 Definition Of Terms


This is the money imposed on Individuals, groups or organizations who are engaged in business or gainful economic activities that is geared towards profit making.


This refers to the levying of compulsory contributions by public authorities having tax jurisdiction, to defray the cost of their activities.


Also known as an enterprise or a firm, is an organization involved in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers or to other businesses.

Business Decision Mapping (BDM):

This is a technique for making decisions, particularly for the kind of decisions that often need to be made in business. It involves using diagrams to help articulate and work through the decision problem, from initial recognition of the need through to communication of the decision and the thinking behind it.

Business Decision:

This can be regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a course of action to be implemented in the daily management of a business.

Company Income Tax:

This Tax is payable for each year of assessment of the profits of any company at a rate of 30%. These include profits accruing in, derived form brought into or received from a trade, business or investment.


Can be referred to as prudent conduct, sagacity or general plan of action to be adopted by an organization.

Taxation Policy:

Therefore, is the general plan of action on the pattern of arriving at a taxable amount that is considerable both to the management and shareholders or investors of the companies.

Financial Obligation:

It is the expected activities pertaining to the monetary accumulation, earnings and transactions records of companies. Paying taxes to government is one of such obligations.

1.9 Organization Of The Study

The study comprises of 5 chapters. In chapter one, the concepts are introduced and the problem of the study is established with the research objectives and questions. Chapter two presents the literature review while chapter three presents the research methodology. The fourth chapter presents the results and discussion, and the last chapter presents the conclusion and recommendation.

Chapter Five

5.0 Conclusion And Recommendations

5.1 Conclusion

The increasing number of taxes levied on firms in Nigeria by the government from time to time, no doubt has positive effect on the economic development. While it increases the economic growth, the impact of such taxes is yet to be empirically established in Nigeria. Hence, this study was undertaken to empirically examine the effect of e taxation on business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha. The various taxes used for the study in a view to knowing their effect shows that taxes like company income tax and value add tax positively to the business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha. While other taxes examined such as petroleum profit tax, personal income tax, personal income tax and deferred tax were observed to have negative effect on the business decision in Guinness Breweries, Onitsha. There are other taxes collected by the government which are not used for the study.

5.2 Recommendations

Based on the findings obtained thus far, the following points are suggested with a view to reducing the negative effect of taxations on business decision in companies in Nigeria and all over the world.

  1. The Government should cut down on the tax rates levied on firms to be paid. This will reduce cost of production, increase employment and the overall stability of the Nigeria Economy.
  2. Sensitive businesses in Nigeria whose operations are still at the early stage should be granted tax holiday as an incentive.
  3. Corruption and greed seem to be the reason for the levying of the respective taxes on business in Nigeria by the Government. Thus, the Government herself needs to address this problem squarely so as to encourage more foreign direct investment into the economy.

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