The South African Revenue Service (SARS) cautions all taxpayers to be on the lookout for a fraudulent scheme aimed at extorting money from businesses in the Johannesburg area.
SARS has received information from businesses that an individual, purporting to be a SARS official visited two business premises in the south of Johannesburg recently.
The suspect demanded payments of R5 000-00 (five thousand rand) and R8 000-00 (eight thousand rand) from two business owners in exchange for a "Compliance Clearance Slip". This fraudulent document was issued for a period of five years. The document contains a fraudulent SARS stamp and was issued by the "Audit Section (0773), Receiver of Revenue".
No such unit exists in SARS.
SARS officials do from time to time engage in site visits and inspections of business premises. However, taxpayers can be assured that the following protocols or guidelines will always be adhered to:
SARS requests the public to be vigilant and keep SARS informed of such scams through the SARS Fraud and Anti-Corruption hotline: 0800 00 28 70.
ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE