In the US state of Florida, NOVATEK’s deputy chairman of the board, Mark Anthony Gitway, was arrested on charges of tax evasion. This was announced on its website on Thursday, September 23rd, by the US Department of Justice.
It is noted that the amount of his debt to the state is $ 93 million.From 2005 to 2016, the businessman did not provide information about offshore assets, hid information about income, evaded taxes and filed tax returns on time. Jeetway faces five to 20 years in prison on each of the charges brought against him.
In 2019, the deputy chairman of the board of NOVATEK received Russian citizenship; he has worked in Russia since 1995.
On June 8, the head of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Charles Rettig, at a Senate hearing, said that the agency was investigating the leak of information that Elon Musk and other billionaires did not pay federal taxes.
On the same day, the independent investigative journalism organization ProPublica, citing data from the IRS at its disposal, reported that billionaires in the United States practically did not pay taxes, despite their growing fortune. We are talking, in particular, about Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett.
According to the publication, the wealth of the 25 richest Americans grew by $ 401 billion between 2014 and 2018.But collectively, they paid $ 13.6 billion in federal income taxes during this period, representing a combined tax rate of 3.4%. At the same time, on average, households in the United States, who earned about $ 70 thousand a year, paid the federal government at a 14 percent rate.