Â The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, willÂ this ThursdayÂ lead a federal government delegation to the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) stakeholdersâ€™ symposium in Kaduna State.
The VAIDS stakeholdersâ€™ symposium is being hosted by the Kaduna State Government and will be attended by the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai; Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler; members of the State Executive Council, members of the State House of Assembly, and traditional rulers.
Also expected at the tax amnesty sensitisation forum, according to a statement are business leaders, business owners and groups, tax advisers, captains of industries as well as professional and artisan bodies, among other strategic economic groupings within Kaduna State and environs.
The statement noted that the VAIDS stakeholdersâ€™ symposium was aimed at promoting greater public understanding of the procedure for the tax amnesty scheme.
â€œThe one-day stakeholder engagement event by the Federal Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Kaduna State government is aimed at forging mutually beneficial cooperation between the Government and diverse socio-economic interest groups for the success of the VAIDS schemeâ€, the government agency said.
The FIRS quoted the Minister of Finance as stating that regular tax payment by Nigerians was fundamental to the growth and development of the country.
Adeosun noted that predictable tax revenue inflow would lead to more investment by the Federal and State Governments in infrastructure and job and wealth creation across the nation.
The Minister urged tax payers to take advantage of the VAIDS opportunity to regularise their tax profiles, adding that tax defaulters would be subjected to investigations as well as made to face criminal prosecution for tax offences upon the close of the VAIDS window.