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SARSCape Times reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) says it has focused on 52 non-compliant companies that received R1 billion in contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other Covid-19 related services.

To date, 11 companies have been convicted, seven cases are currently on the court roll, 29 cases are with the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) for the drafting of charge sheets and/or warrants of arrest, while five case dockets are being processed by the Hawks. Sars said it has recovered R170 million in unpaid taxes linked to PPE contracts and R500 million in assets, including cash, were under preservation orders. Sars is also investigating 33 entities linked to politically exposed persons. In addition, several companies that received government tenders totalling R50 million for Covid-19 related services were recently sentenced for not registering for value-added tax (VAT). The companies were awarded tenders for decontamination and deep cleansing of schools by the Gauteng Department of Education. Another company was awarded a tender by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development for provision of hygiene equipment and consumables. The companies were convicted and sentenced in the Durban District Court last week. The sentences ranged from five months’ to 10 months’ imprisonment (with the option of a fine). The cases followed similar convictions in Gauteng and the Free State.

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