The recent dismissal of an urgent application by controversial business person and alleged Cape Town underworld figure Mark Lifman and his associates to hold on to their assets clearly demonstrates the perils of being passive when the taxman comes knocking.

The Western Cape High Court judgment paved the way for the SA  Revenue Service (Sars) to collect outstanding taxes of more than R352m from Lifman, who is said to be involved in a turf war over nightclub security with another alleged underworld figure, Nafiz Modack.

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