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After Registering Your Company, What Next?

After Registering Your Company, What Next?

Many people make this common mistake of going to sleep after registering a business name or incorporating a limited liability company. However, you must know that there are some other legal steps to take and there are some other agencies to register your company with even after registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

Some of these steps and agencies are listed below:

  1. Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)– You must register with the FIRS to register your company for tax purposes. This means you must obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) which will enable you pay your taxes. To obtain a TIN, you must submit the following documents to the FIRS office closest to your business:
    1. A duly completed Application Form for TIN obtained from the FIRS Tax Office;
    2. Either your Certificate of Incorporation (if its a limited liability company) or Certificate of Registration of Business Name (if it’s a business name or enterprise) showing clearly the Registration Number of the business;
    3. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of your business (if a limited liability company);
    4. Documents providing the following information in respect of your business:
      1. The registered address (the address on record for your business at the CAC)
      2. The business address (if different from the registered address)
      3. The precise nature of the business
      4. The date the business commenced or will commence
      5. The date in each year which your business will give tax returns
      6. Name and addresses of all the banks used by the business
      7. Particulars of shareholders (name, address and amount of shareholding) in the case of a limited liability company or particulars of partners of the business in the case of a business name or enterprise.
      8. Names and addresses of the principal officers of the business (partners/proprietors of the business or directors of the company)
      9. Name and address of the business’s Auditors, Tax Representative and any other agents appointed by the business/company.
      10. Utility bill for your business address.

Many people do not like going through the stress associated with obtaining the TIN. But in reality, your bank’s account officer may assist you with getting this at a token.

 

  1. VAT Registration – Just like your tax, you must register for Value Added Tax (VAT) if your company will be engaged in the provision of goods and services. The procedure for registration is similar to that described above. After registration, you must make remittances to the FIRS at the end of every month if you have collected VAT from your customers. VAT in Nigeria presently stands at 5% on applicable goods and services.
  1. PenCom Registration – If you employ at least three (3) or more persons at your business enterprises, then you must register with the National Pension Commission for your employee’s contributory pension scheme.
  1. Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) – If your business enterprise involves non-Nigerians as investors or shareholders, then you must register with the NIPC.
  1. Other Regulatory Agencies – aside from registration with the CAC, you may be required to register with the appropriate regulatory agency before you can embark upon certain trades or businesses. For instance, you must register with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) if you intend to go into oil and gas business or with Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) if you wish to go into provision of telecommunication, or NAFDAC if you seek to go into production of food and drugs, etc.
  1. Post Incorporation Filings at CAC – after your business registration/incorporation, there are still some post-incorporation filings which must be regularly undertaken at the CAC. These include the annual report which you must file annually; changes in your business address or other company information except the ages of the individuals; changes in the shareholding or share capital of the company, resignation or replacement of a director, etc.

 

You must note that failure or neglect to comply with the above requirements may atimes attract serious sanctions, including deleting your company if you fail to file the Annual Returns.

Manuel Akinshola Esq.

 

If you need our professsional services on any of the above matters, then contact us by phone on +234909 601 6093 or use our contact us form here.

SUMMARY OF THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR FOREIGNERS INTENDING TO DO BUSINESS IN NIGERIA  

SUMMARY OF THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR FOREIGNERS INTENDING TO DO BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

 

  • Requirements For Foreigners to Register a Business a Nigeria
    1. In Nigeria generally, a foreigner is allowed to fully own a company or own same jointly with a Nigerian. It is only in business enterprises which are on the “negative list” that a foreigner is not allowed to fully own a company. Such business enterprises on the negative list include production and/or dealing in arms, ammunition, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
    2. However, for a foreign-owned company, the minimum share capital before Business Permit can be granted is Ten Million Naira (N10.M).
    3. Please note, however, that there are some business enterprises which have prescribed minimum share capital which may be far higher than N10.M. [Information on prescribed share capital (if any) will be provided once the nature of the intended business is known].
    4. Directors can be Nigerians or non-Nigerians, resident or non-resident, though the status of each must be stated. In reality, it is always recommended for a foreign-owned company to have a Nigerian as the Chairman, a director or non-executive director to assist it with navigating the local business waters.
    5. After incorporation, there are some other regulatory approvals before a foreign-owned company will be allowed to carry on operations or be able to repatriate its income and earnings.
    6. The mandatory regulatory approvals include the following:
      1. Registration with Nigerian Investment Promotions Council (NIPC) – The NIPC is the government body saddled with the official responsibility of regulating foreign investments in Nigeria. The NIPC Act mandates that any company with foreigners’ participation must be registered with the NIPC.
      2. Registration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) – This is the regulatory body in charge of Federal tax matters including the Companies Income Tax.
      3. Certificate of Capita Importation – to allow repatriation of funds
      4. Business Permit – foreign nationals wishing to start business, trade or a profession in Nigeria must first obtain a business permit. This Business Permit is to legally allow for the local operation of such a business that has foreign interest.
      5. Expatriate Quota – If a company wishes to employ expatriates, such must obtain an Expatriate Quota position for each of the expatriates it wishes to employ. The expatriate quota stipulates the maximum number of expatriates that can be employed by the company.
      6. Residence Permit – The Nigerian Immigration Service issues a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) for expatriates who intend to work and live in the country. This is after the grant of the expatriate quota positions. Each expatriate will be required to apply and they can be accompanied by their families and dependants.
      7. Other necessary approvals include:
        1. Pioneer Status
        2. Transfer of Technology Agreements

 

  • Registered Office
    1. It is not specifically stated that a company doing business in Nigeria must have a registered office; however, many documentations for governmental approvals must contain the physical address of the applicant company. So, it is naturally assumed that such a company must have a physical location for the service of necessary papers or correspondence.
    2. In certain situations, evidence of the location or physical address of the company must be provided. For example, in the application forms for Business Permit and approval for Pioneer Status, there is the requirement that the company must submit evidence of business premises in form of a tenancy, lease or purchase agreement.
    3. Let us end by stating that obtaining a registered office/location anywhere in Nigeria should not be a matter for concern. Our firm is able to procure whatever the size, location or number of physical offices your organization may desire.

 

  • Requirements for Accounting
    1. Under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), the law mandates that all companies must maintain books of accounts and produce their financial statements under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS).
    2. Aside this, there is no requirement of a specific chart or accounting systems or accounting software/host for company’s accounts in Nigeria.
    3. Please note that at the first meeting of the directors of the company, they must decide on what date of the year their financial statements will be made up to, and then give notice of this date to the CAC within 14 days.
    4. A report must also be prepared by the director containing a fair view of the company’s business, its development, amount recommended as dividends, amount recommended as reserves, the financial activities of the company during that year, etc.

 

  • Taxes for Companies in Nigeria
    1. Companies Income Tax in Nigeria
    2. Personal Income tax
    3. Withholding Tax
    4. VAT
    5. Please note that there other levies payable by companies in certain business activities.

However, exemptions are available on taxable incomes for foreign businesses.

 

Our Services;

As legal practitioners, we are available to offer your organization consultancy and legal advisory services. These services range from incorporating/registering your business enterprise, obtaining the requisite government approvals on your behalf, procuring and completing the process of acquisition of leasehold or freehold properties for your operations, engaging other professionals where their expert services are needed, and generally offering legal services for the successful take-off and continued operation of your business enterprise. Our devotion is to the success of your business venture in Nigeria.

Our guiding principle here is our integrity. We have associated with many other individuals and organizations from outside Nigeria many of whom we never knew but today remain some of our best clients, expressing their satisfaction with our professional services.

It is our belief that you too will be satisfied with our professional services.

Thank you.

Manuel Akinshola Esq.

Managing Solicitor

Jacobs & Bigaels

Legal Practitioners

 

If you need any information on the above matters,    then contact us by phone on +234909 601 6093 or use our contact us form here.

We look forward to being of service to you.

 

(Disclaimer: Please note that the above summary is for advisory purposes only).

 

Turkey considers opening up citizenship to lure foreign property investors

Turkey’s government has decided to offer Turkish citizenship to foreigners in exchange for an investment of only $300,000 in the property sector, down from the current $1 million investment required to buy Turkish citizenship.

The $1 million incentive came into effect in January last year.  Foreigners can buy real estate worth $1 million, or make a capital investment of $2m, or keep at least $3m in a bank account for at least three years, or create at least 100 jobs in the country.

The government also exempted foreign buyers from paying 18% value added tax (VAT) when investing in real estate. The exemption is also applicable to Turks who have lived and worked abroad for more than six months.

The initiative was expected to bring in at least $10 billion in foreign exchange per month.  But only $4.64 billion came in January, 2018 – an increase of only $750 million from $3.89 billion in January 2017.

The government is now planning to submit an omnibus bill to parliament to lower the citizenship bar.

Citizens of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait make up the biggest group of foreign buyers in Turkey, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute.

 

Credits: https://www.globalpropertyguide.com/news-turkey-considers-opening-up-citizenship-to-lure-foreign-property-investors-3461

Foreign residential buyers’ interest in Italy jumps

There’s been a significant boost in sales of luxury Italian properties valued at €10 million (US$11.70 million) or more.   The trend is expected to filter down to lower priced homes in coming months, according to Knight Frank.

This signals a strong recovery in the Italian housing market, after a slump due to poor economic conditions. The total number of enquiries for Italian homes on Knight Frank’s website increased by 133% year-on-year in 2017, with rising interest from foreign buyers the main reason for this recovery.

Nearly 45% of the interest came from potential buyers from the UK, followed by Italy (15.1%), the US 11%, then 2.6% from Australia, 2.6% from Germany, 2.4% from Canada, 2.3% from Switzerland, 2.2% from Denmark, 1.9% from the Netherlands and 1.8% from France.

“Our enquiry numbers for Italian homes, up 133% in 2017 year on year, suggests any uncertainty on the political or economic stage such as the general election, banking crisis and Brexit negotiations, have not influenced buyers’ decision making,” said Amy Redfern, senior negotiator for Knight Frank’s Italian desk.

The report says that the lifestyle on offer in Italy remains the primary motivation for most international buyers. “A second home located within a short flight of their primary residence, which offers strong rental prospects and the promise of a good climate, culture, and landscape acts as a strong pull,” said Redfern.

She added, “Of note is the uptick in interest from Australia and New Zealand. Many applicants are semi-retired couples with children working in Europe seeking a long term summer base to use for family get togethers. City apartments in Florence and Rome are popular; particularly those easy to maintain as well as lock up and leave”.

Florence, Rome and Lucca are the most in-demand regions in Italy, accounting for around 40% of the enquiries, according to the report.

 

Credits: https://www.globalpropertyguide.com/news-foreign-residential-buyers-interest-in-italy-jumps-3477

Study blames overseas investment for steep rise in UK home prices

Foreign real estate investment has pushed up the rise of home prices by more than a quarter in the UK, according to a study by King’s College London (KCL).

Had there been no foreign investment, average home prices would have hovered around £174,000 (US$245,115) by 2014, but the influx of foreign money caused them to go up to £215,000 (US$302,900) in 2014 from £70,000 (US$98,610) in 1999, according to the study.

Much of this growth happened via investments through anonymous shell companies registered in secretive tax havens.

Foreign investment also negatively affected homeownership rates in the UK, according to the study.  It not only raised the price of expensive homes, but also had a “trickle-down” effect on the rest of the market, according to Filipa Sa, the KLC senior lecturer who conducted the research.

The study attributes to overseas investment the fact that the UK’s largest price increases were in London and the South-east. Some other cities including Liverpool and Manchester witnessed a similar phenomenon.

An analysis of land registry data showed a direct impact on home prices of sales to overseas companies. For example, a rise of 1% in the share of property sales to overseas companies caused prices in the local area to go up by 2.1%.

The UK government announced recently that those involved in helping shell companies to invest in British property will face up to two years in prison and unlimited fines, if the true beneficial owners of the property are not named on a public register. However, the bill has not yet been tabled in parliament.

Overseas buyers bought 3,600 of London’s 28,000 newly built homes between 2016 and 2016, according to research commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Half were priced for first-time buyers at between £200,000 (US$281,700) and £500,000 (US$704,400).

 

Credits: https://www.globalpropertyguide.com/news-study-blames-overseas-investment-for-steep-rise-in-uk-home-prices-3444

Investment in UK economy can fetch you an indefinite leave to remain in the country

You must have access to £200,000 investment funds

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you have access to £200,000 in investment funds and you can prove that the money is either:

  • your own
  • made available to you by other people (‘third parties’), such as a spouse, partner or investor
  • in a joint account with your spouse or partner but only if they are not applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

What about Previous investment?

You can also apply if you’ve previously invested £200,000 in a UK business. You must have invested the funds less than 12 months before you apply.

Additional Conditions & eligibility

You must also:

Joint Application

Please note also that you can form an ‘entrepreneurial team’ with one other Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicant and share the same investment funds.

You and your team member must meet all the application requirements and:

  • not use the same funds on another application with a different entrepreneurial team
  • provide all the documents needed for evidence of the funds with your own applications

If you need our services on the above matters, then contact us by phone on +234909 601 6093 or use our contact us form here.

We look forward to be of service to you.