Doctor Convicted for R17M Tax Fraud by Failing to File Returns

A Northern Cape medical doctor was found guilty of failing to declare his personal income tax to the South African Revenue Services (Sars) for a seven-year period.

Fabian Royston Tun, 55, was convicted at the Kimberley Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Tun was found guilty of violating Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011, as reported by the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations (Hawks).

Warrant Officer Nomthandazo Mnisi stated that the accused owned F. R. Tun Practice and neglected to file personal income tax filings from 2015 to 2022.

“During the aforementioned period, the accused earned taxable income, which was not declared to the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.”

“Sars suffered a potential loss exceeding R17 million.”

Mnisi stated that the accused was found guilty of eight counts of failing to file personal income tax and 42 instances of failure to submit Value Added Tax (VAT) returns.

The Hawks stated that the sentence proceedings have been postponed until July 30, 2024.

In another incident last week, the Hawks detained an Eastern Cape businesswoman and a tax practitioner on charges of attempting to cheat the South African Revenue Services (Sars) of more than R6 million.

On Thursday, Cecillia Nomvume Makaula, 58, a company director, and Ayanda Peyana, 41, a tax practitioner, appeared before the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court with their business organization Ntombi Rhadi Trading CC.

They were released on bail.

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