International transport firm ordered to remit KShs.189 million tax

An international company with business interest in transport sector has been ordered to pay KRA taxes amounting to KShs.189,027,638. In a judgment delivered on 4th February 2022, the Tax Appeals Tribunal (TAT) ordered Brick and Mortar Holdings Limited to pay the taxes after it failed to demonstrate gaps through production of required evidence in KRA’s assessment of its tax obligations. The taxes in demand by KRA comprise of Corporation Tax, PAYE and VAT.

The company, in its appeal, had alleged that KRA had failed to communicate its decision within the stipulated timelines, thus rendering its objection allowed by operation of the law.

The Tribunal held that before the company could fault KRA’s decision based on tax assessment, it was incumbent upon it to demonstrate that it had complied with the stipulated timelines and provided the requisite documents that would enable KRA to consider and make a decision, something it had failed to do.

The Tribunal held that KRA vigorously and professionally engaged the company to reach an amicable solution on taxes demanded but the company failed to submit a valid objection to the tax assessment by KRA accompanied by documents which KRA would have relied on to arrive at a decision. The documents that ought to have been submitted by the company include the bank statements, signed audited accounts, sales and purchases ledgers.

In the circumstances, the Tribunal held that it was not persuaded by the arguments advanced and rendered a decision in favour of KRA.

Commissioner of Legal Services & Board Coordination.

PRESS RELEASE 16/02/2022

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International transport firm ordered to remit KShs.189 million tax