The Honourable Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has warned tax payers to avoid falling prey to fraudulent and fake tax officers who may pretend to be officials of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).
According to her, such fake officials may demand for bank details and address of tax payers via phone calls.
She therefore advised members of the public not to honour such requests when they receive phone calls from fake tax officials but should rather demand for a written notice.
The minister said these in a statement on Sunday, which was signed by Oluyinka Akintunde, her
special adviser, on media and communications in response to the activities of some fake tax officials alleging to be officials of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).
“My attention has been drawn to reports of some unidentified tax officials requesting for bank details and address of tax payers.
“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.”
Earlier, Naija News reported the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun has threatened that the Federal Government will expose, disgrace and prosecute tax evaders that do not use that Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to regularise their tax profiles.
The VAIDS scheme will expire by March 31, 2018.