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Top South African Musicians Have Been Slapped With R9 Million Tax Bill

The taxman is waging war on singers Major League DJz and Tumi Masemalo for avoiding their tax obligations by dancing. 

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) has acquired default judgments against the musicians at the Joburg high court this week as a first step towards attaching their assets in order to recover the money needed to pay their tax liabilities, according to Sunday World. 

SARS also went after popular DJ pair Major League DJs for their tax book mess. 

The popular house music duo of Bandile and Banele Mbere, who are known for staging star-studded concerts called Major League Gardens at FNB stadium, have been hit with a tax bill of just under R9 million.

Major League DJz owed SARS about R1.3 million in unpaid company income tax and over R800 000 in extra tax, according to court documents reviewed by Sunday World.

After R900 000 in interest was added to the debt, the total ballooned to R3.1 million. 

SARS owes the musicians R2.2 million in value-added tax and R1.3 million in additional tax. When over R1.1 million in interest and R56 000 were added, the total amount reached over R4.8 million. 

Major League also owing SARS over R279 000 in outstanding pay-as-you-earn tax, which was increased to almost R740 000 when R290 000 in additional tax and R56 000 in penalties were added to the total.

Major League also owing SARS over R279 000 in outstanding pay-as-you-earn tax, which was increased to almost R740 000 when R290 000 in additional tax and R56 000 in penalties were added to the total. 

In addition, they underpaid SARS R373 000 in unpaid unemployment insurance fund and R680 000 in skills development levy. 

Tumi Masemola, a television actress, was also slammed with an R1.4-million tax bill on Tuesday.

Masemola, the main vocalist of the urban music group Gang of Instrumental, owing SARS almost R660 000 in unpaid personal income tax, according to a ruling obtained by SARS in the Joburg High Court. 

Masemola, who portrayed Letisha on the SABC sitcom City Ses'la, is on the danger of losing her assets after rejecting SARS' final letter of demand, just like Major League DJs. 

Masemola said she was unaware of the default judgment that had been entered against her. 

At the time of publication, the Mbere twins had not responded to queries emailed to them on Thursday.

Source:

https://sundayworld.co.za/news/sars-declares-war-on-major-league-djz-and-tumi-masemalo-for-unpaid-taxes/

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