Another major tax evasion ring has been busted at one of the border entry points as the government battles to seal revenue leakages.
The latest bust involves Kenya Revenue Authority employees and those of Equity Bank.
The racket, which is said to have cost the government over Sh120 million in unpaid import duties at Namanga border post, comes barely a month after a similar one was discovered at the port of Mombasa.
In mid-February, KRA said it had unearthed illegally imported sugar at a port firm linked to Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho’s kin.
And last December, the taxman discovered containers with sports utility vehicles with a market value of more than Sh28 million, which had been declared as items such as baby car seats and bed sofas in what was suspected to be an elaborate tax evasion syndicate.
In Wednesday’s operation, two Equity Bank staff and an unnamed number of KRA personnel were arrested and are set to appear in court soon.
The Daily Nation has since learnt that a reconciliation jointly done by KRA and operations staff at Equity revealed that a total of 2,926 transactions worth Sh123.6 million and which involved 916 taxpayers, were initiated in the tax collector’s operations system, Simba 2005, without corresponding transactions in Equity Bank systems.
TAX AVOIDANCE SYNDICATES
Various estimates show Kenya loses close to a trillion shillings in revenues annually through elaborate tax avoidance syndicates.
On Wednesday, officials said a forensic audit conduct