IG­NORED BY SARS

YOU (South Africa) - - SAY -

There’s a lot of hype in the news about Sars need­ing to clamp down on tax evaders. A few years ago I con­tacted the Sars fraud line and re­ported a friend of my hus­band who’d been do­ing busi­ness with­out pay­ing VAT or tax for a num­ber of years. I gave them all his de­tails, short of a photo. I was given a ref­er­ence num­ber but noth­ing hap­pened.

Last year I phoned them again and was given a new ref­er­ence num­ber, but still noth­ing hap­pened.

In the mean­time he has reg­is­tered an­other com­pany un­der a dif­fer­ent name af­ter his wife di­vorced him, and is driv­ing around in the lat­est model ex­pen­sive car.

Again I phoned the Sars fraud line, only to be told they don’t have the man­power to fol­low up on these cases, and weren’t in­ter­ested.

Surely if all of these com­plaints are seen to, the peo­ple who re­ally need that ex­tra bit of cash wouldn’t have to cough up for Sars’ fail­ure.

And this is just one case! DIS­AP­POINTED, CEN­TU­RION

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