Chinese smartphone maker X-TIGI Mobile has been found guilty by Kenya’s taxman for evading to pay tax for an eight-month period. Mr. Gao Fei, X-TIGI Director was charged yesterday against failing to declare taxes amounting to $1.94 million in the 2015 and 2016 financial year.
The case was handled at Milimani Law Courts with the accused declining three different charges all on failing to file tax returns that amount to $1.94million (Ksh, 194 million). Mr. Fei was released on a cash bail of Ksh, 150,000 with a Kenyan surety of one million bond. Besides, he was ordered to forward his passport ordered in court. The case is scheduled to be called upon on September 26th.
“He was charged with failure to declare and remit taxes for a period of eight months that was commensurate to the company’s sales. He denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Nzibe,” KRA stated.
According to KRA, this is not the first time the firm has had problems with the taxman. Back in 2016, KRA wanted the company’s accounts frozen for allegedly not paying tax on its imported goods.
X-TIGI Mobile is a Chinese smartphone company that has been in Kenya for quite a while. Although the smartphone maker has not had its glory days in the country as one of the significant market movers, it seems their sales are much bigger than we can imagine.
X-TIGI is not only in Kenya. The company has its presence in different African territories such as Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Togo, Senegal, Cameroon, Dubai, Benin, Rwanda, and Ghana, among others.