How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants - Federal Government of Nigeria Presidential Executive Order introduced VAIDS. Other important aspect of this scheme are VAIDS Participating form, and VAIDS Nigeria website for necessary information.

VAIDS holds a lot of benefits for all that participate in it. This is what this post is for. It’s meant to highlight the whole benefit you will get when you take part in this scheme. 

Therefore this post is for you if you are a taxpayer, company or business owner, practising accountant and tax administrator and consultant, in addition to taxation and accounting student and member of the public. Let’s see what you will benefit.

(1) Imprisonment:

Tax evasion is a crime punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment of up to 5 years. If you get a criminal  conviction you will lose certain  public rights:
  • Your political career is ruined
  • You lose personal reputation
  • You lose even board membership of your company
  • You can not be a member of any government board of parastatal.
  • And others

This is a very important benefit. A common N2,000 penalty or 24 hours imprisonment will do you great harm.

So why not take the opportunity which VAIDS provide to make yourself clean again taxwise.

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants


(2) Payment of tax Due:

Even after criminal conviction, you will still pay the full amount of the tax due along with the associated interest and penalties. Typically, a penalty of 10% of the tax due is assessed, along with related interest charges that accrue at 21% per annum, commencing from the due date of the related tax charge. In some cases, the penalty assessed is 100% of the tax due and further, the related assets are liable to be forfeited. 

But with VAIDS you only pay the tax due.

(3) Forgiveness of Interest and penalty:

Those taking advantage of the Scheme by declaring honestly and fully will be free from prosecution and will qualify for the forgiveness of penalties and interest.

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

Source: VAIDS

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

This table enumerates how the payments will be made and what you will gain on the tax payments. If you pay before 31st December, 2017, the interest and penalty associated with the tax due will be forgiven. If you pay after this date, only the penalty due will be forgiven, and afterwards, you could be criminally prosecuted.

(4) Nominee Assets Registered in the taxpayers name:

VAIDS give you (tax payers) the right  to transfer assets that you had previously held by nominees into your own name.

Remember that such assets not honestly declared may not be claimed by you afterwards. It should be remembered that many Nigerians have lost assets in the course of trying to conceal them from the authorities. Such losses typically occur in the event of death or an urgent need to liquidate assets when required documentation and proof of ownership cannot be provided.

(5) Global War on Illicit fund transfer

The global focus on illicit financial flows is such that global regulations will only become tighter with time. Click here to read my article on VAID and Global implications

A global embarrassment will be worse than a local embarrassment. As such it’s better you seize  this opportunity to regularise your assets and income sources. Declaration allows assets to be legally and formally held by the true owner.

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

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(6) Name and Shame Parade:

There will be a Name and Shame programme to disgrace those who will be tagged Corrupt and tax evaders, and enemies of the state and the people. Click to read my article on how VAIDS will help fight corruption

 You will not have this if you comply with VAIDS now.

(7) Proper Records:

This exercise will enable you start keeping tidy and honourable records for your good self and businesses. It will help you do good business in Nigeria and globally.

(8) National Well-Being:

Nigeria as a people will be better of due to increase in revenue generation, which will foster infrastructural development and economic growth. The tax-GDP ratio will improve and grow as in other countries. This is a benefit to you because if Nigeria is good, you will be good too.

How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

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How Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme will Benefit Participants

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