REVENUE COLLECTION

Contractor charged with Kshs 80 million tax evasion

The accused person virtually appeared before Principal Magistrate Mathias Okuche

In Summary
  • David Maina Kiama of Qline Constructions Limited faced three counts of failure to pay taxes on various tax obligations to the Kenya Revenue Authority.
  • The accused pleaded not guilty to all the three charges and the court directed that he be released on a cash bail of Sh2 million
The KRA headquarters at the Times Tower
TAX FRAUD: The KRA headquarters at the Times Tower
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A proprietor of a construction company has been arraigned in a Nyeri lawcourt on charges of evading payment of taxes amounting to Sh80 million.

David Maina Kiama of Qline Constructions Limited faced three counts of failure to pay taxes on various tax obligations to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on diverse dates between January 2014 and January 2019.

The accused person virtually appeared before Principal Magistrate Mathias Okuche.

The accused, being a supplier for Murangá County, has been under-declaring taxable income and in most occasions filed nil returns despite earning taxable income.

The taxes lost comprise income tax amounting to Sh51.8 million for the years 2014 to 2018, Value Added Tax (VAT) of Sh18.3 million for the years 2014 to 2018 and Directors Income Tax of Sh10.7 million also for the years 2014 to 2018.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the three charges and the court directed that he be released on a cash bail of Sh2 million.

The case will be mentioned on December 16 2020.