Trader faces tax evasion charge of KShs 460,000


A company director, Mr. Fartum Ahmed Mohamud Jama was brought to justice on Friday in Eldoret court on seven counts of tax evasion amounting to KShs. 467 166.

Mr. Fartum made incorrect declarations in their VAT returns using fictitious invoices belonging to Baba Hardware and General Store Limited which was no longer in business.

The use of invoices reduced tax payable by Kshs 467,166.

Several other companies under investigation used the invoices. This amounts to tax evasion contrary to Section 97 (c) of the Tax Procedures Act.

The accused pleaded guilty / not guilty before the Honorable Barnabas Kiptoo, Senior Resident Magistrate, and was fined / released on bail of KSh 100,000 or alternate bail of KSh 20,000.

The case will be heard on January 31, 2022. If convicted, a fine not exceeding KShs. 10 million or double the tax evaded, whichever is greater, or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years Tax Procedures Act.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Gitau Kuria and Gilbert Mwangi Kimani, respectively driver, were sentenced to a fine of Ksh 50,000 or 6 months imprisonment. before the Chief Justice of the Milimani Court, the Hon. Wendy Kagendo.

They were found carrying 1,200 cases of Azam energy drink and 100 cases of apple punch drink that were not affixed with excise stamps as required by section 30 (1) (f) as read with the Regulation 30 (1) (2) of excise duty systems. Management regulations 2017.

The two men were arrested on November 4, 2021 by KRA agents after their truck was intercepted with goods along the General Waruinge road which was suspected of carrying excise goods which were not affixed with excise stamps.

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