3 Chinese arrested in Malawi for tax crimes: MRA scales up fight against tax evasion

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is forging ahead in the fight against tax evasion as a n update on its website, www.mra.mw indicates that the body has cornered three Chinese business people for tax crimes.

Kapoloma: Three arrested on tax crimes

Kapoloma: Three arrested on tax crimes

This comes just shortly after President Peter Mutharika said Malawi is losing a lot of money through tax evasion, which is crippling the economy and development of the country, and assured the nation that government is putting up robust mechanisms to halt such malpractice

The tax body’s spokesperson Steven Kapoloma is quoted on the MRA website that the three have since been arrested and they are owners of ACC ATC Trading and Wun Chun Trading in Blantyre and Lilongwe on suspicion of forgery of customs documents and illegal externalization of forex.

Kapoloma said Ai Xiaossun and Ai Jianxin who are owners of ACC ATC Trading were arrested on Friday, 26th August 2016 on allegations of forging Customs documents and illegal externalisation of forex amounting to US$300,538.56.

“Similarly, Guo Jiansi who is the owner of Wun Chun Trading was arrested on Saturday 27th August 2016 on allegations of forging Customs documents and illegal externalisation of forex amounting to US$796,000.68. The arrests follow a tip from the public,” Kapoloma said.

He said the suspects are currently on bail waiting for court proceedings.

President Mutharika recently said Malawi is losing a lot of money through tax evasion and his government will put up mechanisms to halt such malpractice which he said is crippling the economy and development of the country.

Mutharika said his  government is aware of other foreign investors who evade paying taxes and externalise forex.

“I am aware that some people evade tax and they also take forex outside the country, which is very bad for our country’s development. My government will ensure that this malpractice is dealt with accordingly,” said Mutharika.

The President said Malawi has potential to do better economically if people and other investors in the country honoured their taxes.

Meanwhile, MRA’s Kapoloma is encouraging the general public to report tax evasion and similar malpractices through toll free number 847 for Airtel and TNM. And toll free number 80000847 for MTL.

He said informants can also send their tips through email address: [email protected] or fax to 0182 229.

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Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
22 days 2 hours ago
I have written on Chinese evils in Africa time and time again,but people brush aside my compelling revelations.First and foremost,China is in Africa to devour our gargantuan natural resources and not,I repeat not,to creat jobs in Africa.With 2billion people under our planet to feed,to give jobs,housing,health care and other essentials befitting of mankind.Chinese have unprecedentedly dumped billions of tons of fake goods in Africa and smuggle out billions of FOREX to China.generally,China has profoundly profited more from Africa’s resources than any other earthly Continent and it is still smuggling our remained natural resources and yet,African leaders are still asleep provided… Read more »
Katapwito
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Katapwito
22 days 9 hours ago

Koma MRA ntchito kulimbana ndi a Malawi opanga geni kuti adzidyetsa banja awo. Ma taifa, burundis and Chinese mkumawasiya. To hell with your machines that you want shop owners small business shops to purchase. Are you going to do the same with anthu ogulitsa kaunjika poti nawonso are in business? What about ama container poti nawonso are doing business? Nanga mu ma plot omwe ali ndi nyumba sate sate zopangitsa rent muwagulitsa machine anuwo? Za ziiiii boma lopusa ili kufuna kutukula obwera

alukosyo
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alukosyo
24 days 7 hours ago

These Chinese tawapatsa meter angotibera.

Blessed Banda
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Blessed Banda
24 days 13 hours ago

Since the Chinese came to Malawi in 2008, cases of externalising forex and poaching have increased and it is almost in all countries in Africa. Even in countries where people are able to use credit cards for purchasing goods like in South Africa, Chinese shop will only allow you to pay cash because they know it’s easy to run away with the cash. The damage they are causing to African economies is more than the grants and loans African governments are getting from China. Mark my words.

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