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MAN ARRESTED FOR EVADING TAX FOR 28 YRS

By VUYILE DLAMINI | 2020-07-01

Efforts by the Eswatini Revenue Authority (SRA) to encourage individuals to pay their income tax on an annual basis has proved futile for one man, as he will now have to face the wrath of law after he was arrested for tax evasion spanning almost 28 years.

The actions of Sabelo Dlamini of kaMtjopane have resulted in the Commissioner of Taxes incurring a loss of over E500 000 in unpaid taxes, after he failed to register himself as a taxpayer in 1992, while earning an income. According to his court records, Dlamini was said to have contravened the Income Tax Order of 1975 from 1992 to 2020, when Dlamini, who was liable to be registered as a taxpayer, neglected to apply to the Commissioner of Taxes for his registration as a taxpayer.

 This was as required by the Income Tax Order, which then resulted in the Commissioner of Taxes suffering the loss and prejudice of taxes amounting to E511 000.  During his appearance before Magistrate Lenhle Zulu yesterday, Dlamini was warned to appear before Principal Magistrate Fikile Nhlabatsi pending the setting of his trial date.

 

Dlamini, who hired the legal services of Sabelo Bhembe of Bhembe Attorneys and is currently out of custody, is set to appear before Principal Magistrate Fikile Nhlabatsi on September 24, 2020 for the setting of his trial date.

 

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