SARS starts publishing names of convicted tax avoiders

JOHANNESBURG- Acting commissioner of the SA Revenue Service Mark Kingon was not kidding when he said last week that taxpayers failing to file returns would face the law.

On Monday, Sars named ten people who it said had been “convicted and sentenced since April 2018 for failure to submit outstanding tax returns”.

Kingon promised that the tax service will be prosecuting those who are not paying their tax or filed their returns, he said, “We must grab hold of the issue of compliance, for the good of our country.”

The ten tax payers who had outstanding tax returns, Kingon said they have now paid their outstanding amounts. They were fined between R2 000 and R20 000 and admission of guilt fines were handed down by courts.

In the statement SARS named the taxpayers, noting that they now have criminal records, SARS said,  “It is a criminal offence not to submit a tax return within the prescribed time for any of the tax types a taxpayer is registered for in terms of the Tax Administration Act,”

“Since April, the NPA has issued 35 summonses to taxpayers and VAT vendors to face criminal charges relating to their failure to submit returns,” SARS said.

According to Fin24 report that there are 25 cases under investigation by SARS and for criminal investigations they will hand the case to the NPA.

Photo Credit- City Press – News24

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