Access, GTB, UBA, Zenith Others Send Message As FG Instructs Banks to Debit Customers Accounts

Access, GTB, UBA, Zenith Others Send Message As FG Instructs Banks to Debit Customers Accounts

  • The federal government has instructed all Nigerian banks to debit customers' with domiciliary account
  • The debit is for old foreign currency transactions carried out by customers and will be remitted to the government
  • Access Bank, GTB, UBA, Zenith, and other commercial banks have sent messages to customers to expect the debits journalist Dave Ibemere has over a decade of experience covering Tech, Energy, Stocks, Investments, and the Economy.

Commercial banks have announced plans to deduct customers' bank accounts, which will then be remitted to the government.

The deduction is for the Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) backlog on old foreign currency transactions between 2021 and 2023.

Bank customers to get debits
Banks to debit customers account on foreign currency transactions Photo credit: Benson Ibeabuchi
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In a message sent to customers, the banks noted that this levy is in line with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) directive.

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Why the deductions on customers' bank accounts

In December 2023, FIRS mandated commercial banks to deduct N50 electronic money transfer levy on every N10,000 foreign currency transaction and remit it.

This followed the implementation of the Finance Act 2020 Section 48 and Stamp Act 2004 Section 89A (1) as amended, which imposes a levy known as the Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) on recipients of any electronic receipts or transfers of N10,000 or above on any type of account in a deposit money bank or financial institution.

For 2 years, the banks have failed to make the deductions and have been owing the federal government.

Banks notice to customers

Consequently, some banks have issued a notice to their customers on the immediate dedication of the levy.

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In a notice titled 'Important Notice: Electronic Money Transfer Levy Deductions Begin on Foreign Currency Transactions,' First Bank of Nigeria announced that deductions would start promptly and be forwarded to the FIRS.

The bank said.

“In compliance with this directive, a deduction of Fifty naira (N50) only will be applied to every foreign currency (FCY) transaction with an equivalent amount of N10,000 and above."

Union Bank also said it would begin to deduct the N50 electronic transfer levy for all international transactions from January 1, 2024.

Stanbic IBTC Bank, in March 2023, announced the dedication of N50 levy on electronic money transfers from Domiciliary accounts.

Also, Access Bank said:

“We write to inform you of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) notice to all banks, in line with the Finance Act 2020 and Stamp Act 2004, to remit the Federal Government Electronic Money Transfer Levy from foreign currency (FCY) inflows.

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“Previously, the Electronic Money Transfer Levy was solely applicable to accounts receiving electronic deposits of N10,000 and above or its equivalent.
"However, starting January 2, 2024, the deduction will be extended to FCY inflows equivalent of N10,000 and above, incurring a charge of N50 (FCY equivalent).

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email: