NSE sets Dec. 7 for implementation of 0.08% Stamp Duty on securities transactions

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has said the revision of Stamp Duty on securities transactions to 0.08percent from 0.075percent will become effective from December 7, 2020. The change is necessitated by the classification of Contract Notes as an ad valorem tax by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the NSE said.

“As a responsive self-regulatory organization, The Exchange is committed to enforcing rules and ensuring compliance with regulations and other applicable government requirements. While it had maintained a stamp duty rate of 0.075% in line with what was obtainable in the Nigerian capital market, it is imperative that the FIRS’ stamp duty regime of 0.08percent on securities transactions is applied. To this end, the Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS) will adjust its system to implement the automated deduction of the Stamp Duty rate of 0.08percent from Monday, 7 December 2020”, it started further.

The Exchange has also issued the requisite guidance to Dealing Member Firms to put in place the necessary measures to ensure compliance and communicate this change to investors in a timely manner.

Capital market stakeholders requiring further information can refer to the market circular issued by The Exchange on 17 November 2020 captioned “Administration of Stamp Duty on Securities Transactions”, which can be accessed on The Exchange’s website at Investors are also advised to contact their respective stockbrokers for more information or clarification.

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