Tax
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

The Federal Government has disclosed it has begun probe into over 200 whistleblowing tips on tax officials and taxpayers which involves under declaration of taxes and demand of gratifications.

This was made known on Sunday by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, during a meeting of the Whistleblower Unit in the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).

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The minister confirmed that the Federal Ministry of Finance had secured the suspension of two senior Tax Officials in Delta and Benue States based on verified tips from whistleblowers.

Adeosun said: “The Ministry is currently analysing over 200 additional whistleblowing tips including recordings between tax officials and potential taxpayers in which various practices, designed to reduce tax payable, were detailed.

“These practices include demands for personal gratification by tax officers, promises to procure backdated tax clearance certificates, and offers to conspire to reduce taxes payable.

“Encouraging our citizens to pay taxes is a matter of law but it is also a matter of trust. Those who work in our tax offices must therefore demonstrate the highest level of integrity.

“The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari understands that to reduce our reliance on oil means every citizen must pay their taxes as and when due.”