Kemi Adeosun, the Nigerian Minister of Finance, has warned taxpayers to be wary of fake tax officials alleging to be officials of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). Mrs Adeosun made this statement after the VAIDS sensitization program was held in Kaduna on Thursday 1st of March, 2018.
In an official statement released on Sunday by the ministry of finance, the minister said citizens should demand written notice when they receive phone calls from tax officials to verify their identities and qualifications.
“My attention has been drawn to reports of some unidentified tax officials requesting for bank details and address of taxpayers. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the tax office, do not panic. Ask them to send you a written notice. Do not provide any details like your address or bank details,” Adeosun warned.
At the VAIDS sensitisation programme that held in Kaduna on Thursday, Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, and Adeosun honoured a consistent taxpayer, Lema Jibrin. El-Rufai said that Jibrin had consistently paid tax to the government for 40 years and he suggested that all Nigerians look up to Elder Jibrin as a role model.
“Elder Lema Jibrin, the Dan Iyan Katsina, is the most tax compliant Nigerian. He has been paying his taxes consistently for 40 years and has not relented or evaded the payment of taxes.”
Adeosun urged defaulters to take advantage of VAIDS, which will end on March 31. All Nigerians are supposed to use the opportunity to declare their assets and income so that all issues of taxes would be explained and made known to them. Adeosun further stressed the importance of paying taxes as it is the contribution of all Nigerians towards ensuring national development.
The minister had earlier said tax defaulters would be named and shamed after the programme ends on the 31st of March.