Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on January 29, 2018
The Federal Government has begun investigation into over two hundred whistleblowing tips on tax officials and taxpayers which involves under declaration of taxes as well as demand by taxpayers and receipt of gratifications by tax officials.
The government, through the Federal Ministry of Finance, has also commenced the process of sanitising the tax administration and revenue collection system of dishonest operatives.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while presiding over the meeting of the Whistleblower Unit in the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit .
Mrs Adeosun said the sanitization of the tax administration and revenue collection system was part of government’s efforts at enhancing the willingness of citizens to pay taxes confirming that the Federal Ministry of Finance had requested and secured the suspension of two senior Tax Officials in Delta and Benue States based on verified tips from Whistleblowers.
In order to deal with the influx of the whistleblowing tips, the minister directed the reorganization of the Whistleblower Unit to fast track reports relating to those in the revenue generating agencies.