An Alleged Money-Launderer Is Now Running Sars

A Hawks investigation is ongoing, but SARS commissioner Tom Moyane told HuffPost SA that Makwakwa would not be re-suspended pending the conclusion of the criminal investigation. The South African arm of a leading multinational law firm, Hogan Lovells, has failed to investigate the key money-laundering allegations against SARS executive Jonas Makwakwa. Makwakwa returned to work last week after a year’s paid suspension pending the investigation.

Hawks Investigating Money-Laundering By Top SARS Man

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba wants a copy of the Makwakwa report. The Hawks have confirmed that an investigation into the second-in-command SARS executive and alleged money-launderer Jonas Makwakwa is ongoing. He was this week returned to a crucial job at the under-performing revenue authority after a year’s suspension. SARS spokesman Sandile Memela said the executive would not be suspended again following the Hawks confirmation that an investigation is still in progress.

Taxpayers warned to be on scam alert

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) warned taxpayers, including corporate organisations, to be on the lookout for scams and fraudulent activities during the festive period.   Sars said in a statement on Tuesday that it has noted several scams, including the issuing of fake Third Party Appointment (AA88) notices to companies, the unauthorised use of its logo as well as individuals posing as Sars staff.     In most cases, these scams require the individual and corporate taxpayer to make a payment and may also request personal details, including banking details. 

Bogus SARS officials to appear in court for fraud

Two men are expected to appear at the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday for impersonating SARS officials, local police said. The two men have been charged with fraud for extorting thousands of rands from unsuspecting victims. They were arrested on Friday. Limpopo police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said the two suspects, aged 24 and 28, pretended to be officials working at the South African Revenue Service.

FNB warning – SARS eFiling scam in South Africa

FNB is warning its customers about an increase in banking scams in South Africa. “In an attempt to steal personal details, fraudsters often send emails with attachments purporting to be a payment notification or bank statement,” said FNB. The bank used an example of a SARS scam that is currently doing the rounds ahead of the country’s “tax season” – which starts on 1 July.

#PanamaPapers: SA tax dodgers walk a tightrope

South Africans who made use of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca to hide their riches from Sars have a nail-biting four-month wait before an amnesty announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his February Budget kicks in. If they take advantage of the voluntary disclosure window – which will run from October 1 to March 2017 – they will be able to declare funds they have moved out of the country without paying appropriate taxes and face a more lenient penalty. But if Sars gets to them before theRead More

Pillay faces criminal charges after SARS spies explosive confession

Former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay faces a string of criminal charges after two members of the tax authority’s disgraced rogue unit submitted explosive affidavits to the Hawks implicating him in the illegal bugging of the National Prosecuting Authority offices. Pillay stands accused of authorising an illegal operation in 2007, code-named Project Sunday Evenings, to spy on former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli and other senior NPA members who were investigating former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Ex-Sars employee on tax fraud charge

A former SA Revenue Service official, Pamela Timakwe, appeared in the Bellville District Court in Cape Town on Wednesday, charged with tax fraud. With her in the dock were co-accused Patience Thandeka Mahoti and Thabisa Lucilia Delo, also charged with tax fraud. All three were arrested on Wednesday, and appeared before magistrate Cyril Kroutz soon afterwards.

Analysis: The frightening implications of a web of Spies, Lies and Politics

On Sunday, the Sunday Times and City Press newspapers appeared to be competing for the best angle on a story that could suggest, again, that the very foundation of our nation state is about to be rocked. The two stories relate to what looks like a formally loving relationship between the head of enforcement at the SA Revenue Services Johann van Loggenberg, and a lawyer, Belinda Walter. Walter was not only the former head of the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association, but also, according to the City Press, a member ofRead More

Malema gets sequestration reprieve

EFF leader Julius Malema’s provisional sequestration has been extended to August 25, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Monday. Previously Malema had until 10am on Monday morning to inform the court why his provisional sequestration should not be made a final order.

Fake tax consultants busted by Hawks

The Hawks have arrested 23 bogus tax consultants – including a teenage university student – for defrauding the South African Revenue Service of more than R7 million in tax claims. The syndicate allegedly colluded with government employees, mostly teachers, to submit inflated tax return claims and then pocketed the cash between themselves and their “clients”. The police are looking for 37 other syndicate members, all believed to be from Mpumalanga.

Malema accused of lying to Sars

Julius Malema’s efforts to hide his assets from the South African Revenue Service have been blocked – and the taxman is now pulling out all the stops to ensure that the expelled ANC Youth League leader walks away with nothing. The once powerful leader now also faces the prospect of charges of contempt of court for allegedly hiding his assets to avoid the sheriff of the court from auctioning them to pay his tax bill, which is in excess of R16 million. Last week, just over a month after SarsRead More

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