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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VALUE ADDED TAX ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA
Country seeking to improve its revenue generation would opt for a concept enabling it to best realize its objectives with due regards to its peculiar socio-economic make-up. One of these ways is by taxation. This study seeks to assess the effectiveness of value added tax administration so as to see whether value added tax has affected certain macroeconomic variables in Nigeria. The study period was 1993 through 2012. The study was guided by three (3) research objectives, questions and hypotheses. The study was guided by three (3) research objectives, questions and hypotheses. The theoretical framework of the study was anchored on the expectancy theory of taxation and related literatures to the research work were reviewed. The data for the study were obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria Statistical Bulletin. Based on the analysis, the study found that value added tax has significantly affected government income in Nigeria; value added tax has significantly affected consumption patterns in Nigeria and value added tax has significantly affected the level of imports in Nigeria. The study recommends among others that the government through its regulatory agencies should inject some fairness in the tax system in the area of consumption tax so that the burden of income tax would lessen on those with a low income level. In addition, the tax revenues should be properly distributed so that economic growth can be harnessed, especially in providing basic social amenities as well as infrastructures in Nigeria.