Fita denies tax evasion allegations

Tax Justice South Africa has raised concerns that Gold Leaf may not be paying all its excise taxes and selling online at vastly reduced rates, and in contravention of the tobacco laws. Former SARS executive Johann van Loggerenberg and author of Tobacco Wars comments. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Tax Justice South Africa has raised concerns that Gold Leaf may not be paying all its excise taxes and selling online at vastly reduced rates and in contravention of the tobacco laws.

Fita is adamant its members are tax compliant.

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Former SARS executive Johann van Loggerenberg and author of Tobacco Wars said the illicit tobacco trade has flourished due to the tobacco ban instituted at the beginning of the national lockdown. 

"I think what you're seeing here is a revival of almost a two-decade-long feud between Big Tobacco and our local manufacturers. We now have a new roleplayer in the middle, that's Tax Justice South Africa, whose pointing fingers at one member of Fita."

Van Loggerenberg said law enforcement agencies should target multinational and local companies across the board.

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eNCA