Busi­ness­man faces tax eva­sion charges

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

A LO­CAL busi­ness­man, Bothata Daniel Mahlala, ap­peared be­fore the Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day fac­ing tax eva­sion charges for al­legedly not pay­ing his dues since 2005.

Mr Mahlala is charged with con­tra­ven­ing pro­vi­sions of the In­come Tax Act of 1993 for not fil­ing his in­come tax re­turns on 12 oc­ca­sions start­ing from 2005 un­til June this year to the Le­sotho Rev­enue Author­ity (LRA).

Part of the charge sheet reads: “Ac­cused is guilty of con­tra­ven­ing sec­tion 175(1) read with sec­tion 128(1) of In­come Tax Act fur­ther read with sec­tion 275 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure and Ev­i­dence Act 1981 in that dur­ing or about the pe­riod 31st March 2005 to 30th June 2005 at or near Maseru within the ju­ris­dic­tion of this Hon­ourable Court, ac­cused be­ing a reg­is­tered tax­payer in terms of the pro­vi­sions of the In­come Tax Act 1993, un­law- fully failed to file in­come tax re­turn for fis­cal year 2004/2005 not later than the 30th June 2005 or at all.”

The pros­e­cu­tion al­leges: “On or about the 28th Fe­bru­ary 2005 ac­cused was reg­is­tered for In­come Tax, and was as­signed Tax Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (TIN No) 1003060-1 and was later as­signed TIN Num­ber 1010171-0.”

The pros­e­cu­tion says Mr Mahlala was obliged to com­ply with the tax law.

“Ac­cused as a tax­payer was obliged and ex­pected to file in­come tax re­turns within the pe­riod pre­scribed in the In­come Tax Act No.9 of 1993.

“Ac­cused as a res­i­dent of Le­sotho for In­come Tax pur­poses was li­able for pay­ment of In­come Tax and ex­pected to file An­nual In­come Tax Re­turns not later than 30 June af­ter the end of each fis­cal year

(which ends on the 31st March) which were true and cor­rect in all ma­te­rial par­tic­u­lar.

“Ac­cused ever since he reg­is­tered as a tax­payer did not file any in­come tax re­turn,” the pros­e­cu­tion al­leges.

Mr Mahlala was re­leased on bail on con­di­tion he paid M2 500 as bail de­posit and or­dered to at­tend re­mands and stand trial.

He will ap­pear again in the Mag­is­trate’s Court on 12 Septem­ber this year and it is ex­pected the date of hear­ing would be set on that day.

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