Gospel king Solly Moholo was allegedly slapped with a staggering R2.5-million tax bill by the taxman in 2013.
Moholo, who raked in millions of rands in gigs, airplay and album sales, had allegedly not been filing his personal and business tax returns to the South African Revenue Service for many years before then.
His hefty tax bill is likely to skyrocket as his bookkeeper and backing vocalist Stephens Karosi Masombuka, who was reportedly negotiating with SARS to reduce the tax to R300000, resigned after an acrimonious showdown with the muso over moolah.
Masombuka, a staunch Zion Christ Church member, also quit because of Moholo's defiance of the church's instruction not to wear the church's uniform and sing church songs at festivals.
SARS spokesman Sandile Memela declined to comment, citing confidentiality.
"SARS is bound by the confidentiality clause of the Tax Administration Act to not discuss or divulge the affairs of individual tax payers," said Memela.
Moholo confirmed he owed SARS but declined to reveal the figure. "What I know is that we owed VAT and we have been paying and never defaulted. But I don't want to comment on this matter."
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