Beware of SARS ‘Telephone Audits’
It has come to our attention that some taxpayers have recently received telephone calls from persons claiming to be SARS employees – the caller then proceeds to ask the client questions relating to a recently submitted tax return. Only at the end of the call is the client/taxpayer advised by the caller that the call was a so-called ‘telephone audit’ performed by SARS.
We advise taxpayers to be careful under these circumstances – the obvious risk is correct verification of the caller as a SARS employee and his/her identity; also, verbal communication can be easily be misinterpreted or misunderstood by the caller.
We therefore advise that the following be done in this case:
- Unless the caller’s identity can be verified, do not provide any telephonic information.
- Unless you are absolutely sure about the facts and details on the information being queried, do not provide any telephonic information.
- Request the SARS caller to send you the questions in writing – fax or email is sufficient
- Seek our assistance where appropriate; and
- Reply to SARS’s questions in writing – therefore no misconstruing of information
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