Car smuggling ring eludes KRA dragnet

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Exactly two years since the Kenya Revenue Authority deregistered some 121 vehicles suspected to have been imported without payment of duty, only 18 have been traced, underlining the intricate nature of the smuggling syndicate behind the illicit trade.

Since 12 vehicles had already been presented to the KRA for inspection after the first notice was issued, it means only six have been netted in 24 months.

The taxman told Sunday Nation that another set of 74 cars not listed in the 2016 notice have been found to have been fraudulently imported since then as the tax evaders go into overdrive to beat KRA systems in the illicit trade.

KRA Commissioner for Investigations and Enforcement David Yego said police have been properly briefed to hunt for the vehicles whose registration details were made public in June 2016 and de-registered three months later.

“Apart from those in the list of 121 motor vehicles that are still at large, the authority suspects there are more vehicles still out there in the public, which we cannot quantify at this moment in time for suspected tax evasion. It is worth noting that investigations generally are complex and bound to take considerable time,” Mr Yego said.

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