KRA, NTSA in search for 112 luxury vehicles alleged to have tax issues

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in partnership with National Transport and Safety Authority says they are in search of 112 luxury vehicles purported to have tax evasion issues.

KRA in May published a recall notice to 124 luxury vehicles but only 12 vehicles suspected to have been imported illegally have been surrendered to the Authority at the moment.

The vehicles said to have outstanding tax issues were suspected to have initially been declared as transit cargo but later ended in the local market.

Following the publishing of the recall notice, owners of the vehicles were asked to present the vehicles together with relevant documents including the original ownership, transfer and importation documents to the Commissioner of Investigation & Enforcement for verification.

KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini says the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) with the police are on the lookout for the 112 non-surrendered vehicles.

“We are addressing the issue… we have a court case going on and we will fight that case and when it’s over we will take appropriate action,” Njiraini said.

KRA had warned that failure to voluntarily report to the Authority would lead to impounding and issuance of warrants of arrest for the respective units.

Njiraini says there are quite a number of vehicles that the Authority has identified as having been stolen from the United Kingdom (UK).

He says KRA is working with the UK authorities to ensure that they are fully traced.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja says the agency will roll out third identifier stickers to be placed on all cars to curb theft and illegal registrations.

He says the secure stickers will bear information on vehicle registration as per KRA records and will be rolled out starting September 2016.

“The stickers were supposed to be rolled out together with the new number plates but the plates have delayed and the increasing cases of double registration of cars have necessitated a fast rollout of the stickers,” he said.

Meja has further called for the closure of social media platform, WhatsApp saying motorists have created some groups that warn each other of the NTSA officers helping them not to be arrested by officers

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