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FG recovers N30bn from VAIDS



The Federal Government says it has recovered about N30 billion from the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

The amount was realised from individuals and corporate establishments through the declaration scheme.

VAIDS, which was launched in June 2017, is a federal government tax amnesty programme initially scheduled to last from July, 2017 to May, 2018 but was later extended for another three months and expected to terminate this month.

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a workshop organised for chairpersons of states’ Inland Revenue Service.

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The FIRS Chairman said 90 per cent of the amount was collected by the FIRS, while the remaining 10 per cent was recovered by the states.

Fowler, however, said the exact amount of entering the treasury might remain unknown even after June 30 expiry date, but until after three years.

He expressed optimism that the scheme would still record more payments before the expiration day, saying since people generally don’t like to pay tax, most of them would wait until the last minute before rushing to tax offices to file their returns.


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