FG targets N136.3 billion revenue from Electronic Money Transfers in 2023

August 10, 2022
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The Federal Government of Nigeria has projected to generate N136.3 billion as revenue from Electronic Money Transfers (EMT) to be paid by bank customers in 2023.

This is based on a projected 2.7 billion volume of eligible online transfers in the year.

The Budget Office of the Federation, which disclosed this in its 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy paper released on Friday, said the recently approved Regulations governing the administration of the Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) is expected to boost collections of the revenue.

The government said it would also ensure proper monitoring of banks and other financial institutions to conduct reconciliation and to ensure deduction and remittance of the levy.

The revenue projection from the EMTL for next year is, however, lower than the current year’s target of N209.7 billion as set in the amended 2022 framework. In 2021, the government had projected N500 billion revenue from the levy but realised N111.84 billion at the end of the year.

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The EMT levy was introduced in the Finance Act 2020, which amended the Stamp Duty Act and taps into the growth in electronic funds transfer in Nigeria.

The N50 levy is charged on electronic transfer of money deposited in any bank or financial institution, on any account, on the sum of N10,000.00 or more.

The revenue derived from the EMT levy is shared based on derivation and distributed at 15% to the Federal Government and Federal Capital Territory, 50% to the state governments, and 35% to the 774 local governments.

Painting the two possible scenarios that may affect the government’s revenue and expenditure for next year, the Budget Office said the first scenario is ‘the Business-as-Usual scenario, which assumes that the subsidy on PMS will be sustained throughout 2023, amounting to N6.72 trillion.

“Based on this, the net amount accruable to the Federation Account is projected at N7.76 trillion. The Main Pool, VAT Pool, and Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) are projected at N4.89 trillion, N2.74 trillion, and N136.35 billion, respectively, in 2023. Oil revenue at N498.06 billion is a negligible 6.4% of total Federation Account receipts as it will be eroded by the fuel subsidy.

“From the VAT Pool, the Federal Government is projected to receive N410.46 billion, the States N1.37 trillion, and the Local governments N957.73 billion. The shares of EMTL are N20.45 billion, N68.17 billion and N47.72 billion, respectively, for the Federal States and Local governments,” it said.

Under the second scenario which the Budget Office described as ‘Reform scenario’, it is assumed that the PMS subsidy will end by June 2023, in line with the government’s 18-month extension announced at the beginning of 2022. “Based on this assumption, the net amount accruable to the Federation Account is projected to be higher at N11.10 trillion,” it added.

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