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SARS Seeks 3 Billion Rand In Tax Crackdown

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

28 November 2001


The SA Revenue Service (SARS) is aiming to bring in an extra R3 billion this financial year by cracking down on companies that have not complied with the rules on employees' personal tax. Already several companies have been sent comprehensive questionnaires regarding payroll issues containing around 145 questions.

Deloitte & Touche senior tax consultant, Pieter le Roux, has confirmed that 'the focus was on remuneration paid to employees and certain individual service providers, as well as employers' withholding obligations.'

As a result of the crackdown, Le Roux pointed out that companies could no longer give employees allowances on an ad hoc basis. Directors could face criminal charges and financial penalties may be meted out.

SARS requests that the questionnaire be completed by the company's financial director and Le Roux said the SARS's "Scorpion unit" would review the completed document and, in the majority of cases, launch a follow-up investigation.


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