This paper attempts to examine the relationship between Value added tax and Economic development: in Nigeria. It is expected that this study will be of immense use to both the Government and general public. The study covered 18years period between 1994 and 2012. Multiple regression was used to analyse the data gotten from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Statistical Bulletin of various years. The result of the multiple regression showed a negative significant relationship between value added tax revenue and Gross domestic product. Also, the result showed a positive significant relationship between Gross domestic product and Total consolidated revenue. We recommend that federal government should educate the general public more on the essential of VAT payments and also that machineries should be put in place to ensure that VAT revenue does reduce as this will help foster economic development. Also, VAT rate should be increased as it will account for more revenue to the government.
This research work was aimed at ascertaining the impact of external debt on economic growth in Nigeria. Ex-post facto research design was adopted for the study. While data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), External Debt Stock and External Debt Service Payment were obtained from World Bank International Debt Statistics, Exchange Rate data were collected from Central Bank of Nigeria Statistical Bulletin, 2013. The period of study was 1980-2013. Model was formulated and data were analyzed using Ordinary Least Square. Diagnostic tests were conducted using Augmented Dick Fuller Unit Root Test, Co-integration and Error Correction Model. The independent variable was GDP, while the explanatory variables were External Debt Stock, External Debt Service Payment and Exchange Rate. We discovered that External Debt had a positive relationship with Gross Domestic Product at short run, but a negative relationship at long run. Also, while External Debt Service Payment had negative relationship with Gross Domestic Product, Exchange Rate had a positive relationship with it. The paper concluded that exchange rate fluctuation had positive impact on the Nigerian economy while external debt stock and debt service payment had negative impact on the same economy. The study recommended amongst others, that Debt Management Office should set mechanism in motion to ensure that loans were utilized for purposes for which they were acquired as well as set a ceiling for borrowing for states and federal governments based on well-defined criteria.