Charging to drive someone around Lagos was chiefly a cash-in-hand job before Uber. launched in Nigeria two years ago. To this day, the rest of the transport industry remains largely informal, with no clarity on how much money is made and only negligible tax contributions to the state.
Uber is different. Every naira is electronically recorded and accounted for. And because we insist that all drivers using Uber must be registered with the tax authorities, the potential to transform the informal sector into an important contributor to the country’s finances is significant.
As Uber becomes more popular, more people want to earn by using the app. But many of these new driver-partners are figuring out how to pay taxes for the first time. And it can be complicated. That’s why Uber has partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria.
Together with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), guidance has been developed to help demystify tax for potential drivers. Every person that chooses to partner with Uber and qualifies to drive using the app will receive this information so they can easily understand what they have to do and how. All driver-partners are still advised to seek their own tax advice.