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Assets of diagnostic radiologists attached over tax debt of R52-million

Assets of diagnostic radiologists attached over tax debt of R52-million

Tshwane, 25 February 2022 – Assets belonging to a practice of two diagnostic radiologists have been attached by the Sheriff of the High Court over outstanding returns and a tax debt of R52-million owed to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

The directors of the practice at Louis Pasteur Hospital in Pretoria, Drs Mkhabele and Indunah Diaganostic Radiologists Inc, are Dr Zulu Mkhabele and Dr Mevis Ponde.

The taxpayer applied to SARS for a compromise which was declined. The letter of decline was sent to the taxpayer together with a new final demand letter. The taxpayer did not respond to both the final demand and decline letter.

The debt emanates from the submission of various returns to SARS, including company income tax, Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and Value-Added Tax (VAT) returns, without payments over a three-year period.

In another matter the Sheriff has auctioned the assets of Edison Power Gauteng Pty Ltd, an electrical contracting company, after the company submitted returns without payment. The assets, attached in September last year, are estimated to be R20-million. Edison’s non-compliance took place over a two-year period.

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said the organisation had adopted a clear strategic objective to make compliance easy and simple for taxpayers, while providing clarity and certainty about their compliance obligations.

“We regard the overwhelming majority of taxpayers as honest and willing to comply. In so doing they contribute to raising the revenue needed to help build a capable state that can provide for the well-being of all citizens.

“However, wilful and criminal non-compliance from whatever source, will not be tolerated. SARS will use every legal instrument at its disposal to make it hard and costly for such taxpayers and traders,” the SARS Commissioner said.

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