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South African Tax Agency To Be Probed Over Late Refunds

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

21 March 2017


South Africa's Tax Ombud is to investigate the tax agency's processing of tax refunds.

The Tax Ombud, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, asked the Finance Ministry for permission to launch an investigation earlier in March following reports in the media of "systemic problems" at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) that have resulted in delayed refunds, in particular of value-added tax (VAT).

These reports included allegations that SARS may be intentionally delaying payment to bolster revenue collection statistics.

SARS has rebutted these claims. Its spokesperson, Sandile Memela, said "SARS's figures on its systems are factual, accurate, and correct. SARS will not put its integrity and reputation at risk through fictitious facts and figures."

TAGS: South Africa | Finance | tax | value added tax (VAT) | VAT refunds | Africa | Tax

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