A majority of Nigerians say they find it difficult to get information about taxes they are supposed to pay and how the government uses taxes revenues, the latest Afrobarometer study shows.
Only half of Nigerians endorse the right of the tax authorities to make people pay taxes. About the same proportion are willing to pay higher taxes for more government services. A significant proportion think ordinary Nigerians are required to pay too much in taxes while the rich pay too little. Many think it is fair to tax rich people at a higher rate than ordinary people in order to help pay for government programs to benefit the poor.
The study also shows that a significant proportion of citizens want the government to strengthen the tax net to ensure that small traders and other workers in the informal sector pay taxes on their businesses.