KRA seize luxury cars in tax scam

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Kenya Revenue Authority officials offload one of the two high-end vehicles concealed in a container as humanitarian in addition to hospital donations. Photo/NDEGWA GATHUNGU

Sophie Njoka @PeopleDailyKe

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) yesterday intercepted a container carrying two luxury vehicles concealed as assorted humanitarian in addition to hospital donations at the Mombasa Port.

The container had been declared as transit cargo headed to Uganda although KRA says the high end vehicles were to be diverted into the local market.

This specific can be common for tax evasion cartels to declare their illegal imports as transit cargo so as to escape verification in addition to evade tax by KRA only to divert the cargo into the local market, the revenue collector said. KRA Deputy Commissioner in charge of Southern Region Nicholas Kinoti said the container also had undeclared tiles.

“The consignment arrived at the port of Mombasa on board MV Delmas Keta on September 12 last year, where KRA officials subjected This specific to scanning in addition to the image contradicted the declaration within the manifest. This specific showed tiles at the entrance of the container, assorted items in addition to two vehicles which had not been declared,” said Kinoti.

Kinoti noted of which the verification exercise was still ongoing to establish the true identity of the exporter in addition to the consignee. “Investigations are still underway. However once complete, the culprits will be arraigned in court in addition to charged with contravention of the East African Customs Management Act,” he said.

Kinoti said they will continue to put in place stringent measures to curb tax evasion at the port of Mombasa. “In our fight against contraband goods in addition to continued safeguard on the country’s territorial integrity various preventative measures are already working in addition to we will continue with This specific fight till all unscrupulous cartels comply with all the legal requirements governing legitimate international trade,” said Kinoti.

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KRA seize luxury cars in tax scam

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