The SA Revenue Service (Sars) has issued a stern warning against scam artists that pretend to be representatives from Sars that have approached unsuspecting small business enterprises to demand “outstanding payments” on undeclared taxes, Kempton Express reported.
Over the past few months, a few incidents have been reported to Sars of con artists demanding money to clear debts.
Taxpayers and traders with outstanding accounts must directly resolve the matter with Sars.
Those with queries are encouraged to contact the Sars Contact Centre at 0800 00 7277 (0800 00 Sars) to validate their status for Sars to engage them. Also, taxpayers should report any suspicious activity at the Anti-Corruption and Fraud Hotline at 0800 00 2870 toll free.
All outstanding tax, VAT or duties must only be deposited directly into Sars bank accounts.
“No money should be paid over to debt collectors or self-proclaimed Sars officials. In fact, collectors who want money to be handed over to them must be immediately reported,” Sars said in a statement.
Sars invites all taxpayers and small business enterprises to contact the Sars offices to settle their dues and submit their returns from July 1. This will avoid prosecution.
– Caxton News Service