Countdown to the January 31 Deadline for Filing 2020 PAYE Tax Returns


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / 12:20 PM / By Wole Obayomi / Header Image Credit: KPMG International

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It is now 12 working days to the expiration of the 31 January 2021 statutory deadline for the filing of Employer's Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) tax returns ("the Returns"). The Returns, which show each employee's emolument and tax paid in the preceding year, are to be filed with the relevant tax authority in the State where the employees were resident (and with the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service for employees that were resident in Abuja) in 2020.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some States of the Federation have deployed platforms to enable e-filing of annual returns.  The links for the online portals or designated e-mail addresses of the relevant State Internal Revenue Services (SIRSs) are as follows:


Click the links below to access the guidelines issued by some of the SIRSs for electronic filing of the Returns: 


Failure by an employer to file the annual PAYE tax returns within the statutory timeline attracts a fine of N500,000 and N50,000 upon conviction, for corporate entities and individuals, respectively. The real risk of penal consequences for default calls for urgent action by taxpayers.  



* This statement was first published in the Issue 1.5/ January 2021 Newsletter of KPMG of Wednesday, January 13, 2021. For further enquiries, please contact the author, Wole Obayomi via

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