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Beware of fake tax officials, Adeosun warns

Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, has advised taxpayers to be wary of fake tax officials alleging to be officials of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

In a statement released on Sunday, the minister said citizens should demand written notice when they receive phone calls from tax officials.

“My attention has been drawn to reports of some unidentified tax officials requesting for bank details and address of taxpayers,” she said.

“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.”

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.

“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.

The minister had earlier said tax defaulters would be named and shamed after the programme ends.