The Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN) is pleased to invite submissions for research-based presentations at its 2019 meeting scheduled for December 5th and 6th at the FIRS Training School in Abuja, hosted in partnership with the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The conference seeks to bring together stakeholders and showcase the best current research on the pressing challenges of taxation and revenue in Nigeria today, exchange ideas, and begin conversations. Submissions are sought from academics, tax professionals, social research groups and NGOs, or independent scholars.

The overarching theme of the two-day event is ‘Revenue challenges online and offline: Bridging the digital divide in an analogue economy,’ and papers featuring original research[1] on any subject addressing this theme or sub-themes including:

  • Domestic resource mobilisation
  • Monitoring and taxation of the digital economy
  • Reaching across the digital divide
  • International taxation and e-commerce
  • Old and new tax practices
  • Informal and formal revenue
  • Tax burdens
  • Taxation, economic growth and business policy
  • Tax compliance
  • Fairness, reciprocity and social contract
  • Legitimacy and public acceptance
  • Sub-national variations

Submissions that do not fit into these themes are also welcome, but should be sent with a suggested theme to help with panel grouping. We also welcome proposals for panels based on a theme, as long as at least two papers are provided. The conference convenors reserve the right to add additional papers to the proposed panel in organising the programme. To submit a paper to present or to register your interest in attending, please fill in this form.

The NTRN, in partnership with ICTD and FIRS, is also happy to be able to offer an enhanced programme of research capacity-building for researchers on tax and revenue outside of established academic high-level career paths. The programme will consist of seven modules spread throughout a year taking researchers all the way from concept and research design, through methods, writing, publication to the dissemination of outputs. The first module will take place just before the meeting on December 2nd to 4th. All selected applicants will have travel and residential costs fully funded, however PLEASE NOTE that ICTD/NTRN/FIRS will not subsidise your research and fieldwork costs. You can read more information on the course here. To apply, please fill in this form.

The deadline for proposals is November 6th. Only selected presenters and panel chairs will be provided with support for travel and accommodation if coming from outside Abuja. However, if you are interested in attending the event as a non-presenter and/or have independent support you are welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please contact the organisers at [email protected].

The Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and coordinated by the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), in collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The NTRN supports the generation and exchange of tax knowledge in Nigeria, with stakeholders including tax practitioners and researchers from Nigerian and international organisations. 

[1] Note: submissions which are purely literature reviews or overviews of current situations without an element of original research are unlikely to be prioritised.