SARS appears to have believed Guptas’ unlikely income declaration, according to GuptaLeaks
Documents from the e-mail cache purport to show that the taxman believed the Gupta brothers earned less than R1m, three years in a row
Did the Gupta brothers convince the South African Revenue Service (SARS) that they earned R1m or less — three years in a row?
Documents contained in a massive cache of leaked e-mails suggest this could be the case‚ Scorpio and amaBhungane reported on Wednesday.
The family appear to enjoy a lavish personal lifestyle. They live in mansions‚ have chartered private jets and threw a lavish wedding at Sun City.
SARS documents among the leaked e-mails purport to show that the Gupta brothers declared personal income that was not in line with their lifestyle.
SARS declined to comment on their personal tax affairs.
TimesLIVE revealed in June that the Gupta family were such fans of sandy beaches and palm trees that they looked into buying an island in the Maldives and a villa in the Seychelles that boasted the Abu Dhabi royal family as neighbours.
Leaked e-mails revealed that the proposed purchases‚ which seem to have been at an advanced stage‚ ranged between $5m (R64m) and $15m for the Maldives‚ depending on whether a villa or island was bought‚ and $11m for the Seychelles villa.
Atul Gupta, in an interview with BBC Radio 4 early in August, denied that the family were involved in bribery‚ influencing government ministers or had unduly benefited from lucrative parastatal contracts.
"We don’t know why our name is being dragged in these things‚" he told the radio station.
Read more from the Gupta Emails Revealed here.