Nigeria announces three-month extension of tax amnesty programme
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS or the Scheme) by three months. The Scheme which originally lasted for 9 months and expired on 31 March 2018 will now run till 30 June 2018. As the original deadline was premised on an executive order, a fresh executive order will be issued to give legal backing to the new timeline.
Nigerian Government chases after VIPs & HNIs to regularise their tax status
The tax landscape in Nigeria is changing fast and efforts at bringing taxable individuals into the tax net is gaining momentum. Those who have not been tax compliant in the past are being advised to take advantage of the 9-month tax amnesty scheme through Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) before the door closes by 31 March 2018. As part of the implementation of VAIDS, many high net worth individuals (HNIs) and very important personalities (VIPs) have been receiving letters from Ministry of Finance (MoF) and various State Boards of Internal Revenue Services on their tax status, requesting them to take advantage of VAIDS to regularize their tax status. The first set of letters were issued last year following a special data mining project (“Project Lighthouse”) carried out by MoF in preparation for aggressive tax chase upon expiration of VAIDS. Data from sources such as Bank Verification Number (BVN),…
Tackling tax leakages in the 21st Century – What lessons can Nigeria learn from the OECD (3)?
The last two editions of our InsideTax publication have focused on tackling tax leakages in the 21st century. Without doubt, the need for revenue authorities to develop awareness of possible sources of tax leakages in this era and evaluate tenable approaches at combating the problem cannot be over-emphasized. Specifically, in the last edition, we considered a common tax evasion scheme – sales suppression – vis-à-vis the various ways in which it can manifest, consequences and technology-based counter measures prescribed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Tackling tax leakages in the 21st Century – What lessons can Nigeria learn from the OECD (2)?
In our last edition of InsideTax publication, we explored the concepts of tax avoidance and tax evasion and the impact of tax leakages on government revenue. We also highlighted some ways through which tax evasion occurs in Nigeria.
The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) boat sets afloat
Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, signed a new Executive Order that provides legal backing to a new tax amnesty regime in Nigeria on Thursday, 29 June 2017. VAIDS offers Nigerian taxpayers (individuals and corporate organisations) who have not been compliant with their tax obligations to regularise their tax affairs by providing a soft-landing, which includes a waiver of penalties and interest as well as immunity from tax audit and prosecution. It also provides protection of confidential information.
Tackling tax leakages in the 21st Century – What lessons can Nigeria learn from the OECD?
Benjamin Franklin was apt when he said “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes ”. Centuries after that famous quote by the one-time American President, taxation remains a certain and consistent source of revenue for governments, albeit to varying degrees of reliance.
Acting President Osibanjo signs executive order backing implementation of VAIDS
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on 29 June 2017 signed an Executive Order backing the implementation of the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), which will take effect from 1 July 2017 and last till 31 March 2018. The scheme will be jointly executed by the Federal and State Governments and will cover both corporate and individual taxpayers.
TAX ALERT: Nigeria considers new tax amnesty framework through VAIDS
In a bid to grow Nigeria’s tax revenue and raise non-oil tax to GDP ratio from current level of 6% to 15% by 2020, a Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) is to be implemented. The National Executive Council (NEC) has granted approval-in-principle for this new scheme subject to finalization of the broader framework. The primary objective of VAIDS is to encourage voluntary declaration of undisclosed income and assets with consequential payment of applicable tax liabilities over a defined period. It is expected that this window offered to those who have not complied with extant tax regulations, will simultaneously generate revenue and encourage investment and economic activity. An estimated revenue of US$1 billion is projected from the scheme. Key highlights of VAIDS include: Commencement date: the scheme is expected to kick off from 1 May 2017 with incentives put in place to encourage early participation. Taxes covered: all taxes…