The tax amnesty that the federal government will elapse by the end of this month.

But politicians and some wealthy Nigerians are said to be coaxing the government to extend the tax amnesty beyond the expiration date.

Punch reports that some former governors, top politicians, high profile individuals, business owners and professional bodies were among those seeking an extension of the scheme.

The VAIDS offers a grace period from July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 for tax defaulters to voluntarily pay back to the government what they owe.

In exchange for full and honest declaration, the government promises to waive penalties that should have been levied and the interest that should have been paid on overdue taxes.

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Also, those who declare their tax obligations honestly will not be subjected to any investigation or tax audit after the nine-month grace period.

But sources in government confided in Punch on Monday that there had been pressure on the Presidency in the last few days to grant an extension of the programme.

It was gathered that many of the politicians, high net-worth individuals and business owners were stunned by the huge evidences the government was showing them about what they owned and where the assets were being kept.

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