has warned tax payers about an increase in email scams
and phishing attacks
using the SARS
name or logo.
Many tax payers are falling for this, despite knowing that SARS
would never ask you to supply your eFiling or banking details over email or by clicking through to a website.
will not request your banking details over the phone, or via email or websites,' SARS
spokesperson Marika Muller said on Fin24
You should also beware of emails from addresses like 'firstname.lastname@example.org' or 'email@example.com' – they're fake! Since SARS
is a government entity , it's email addresses ends in '.gov.za'.
If you're concerned about an emails or SMS message claiming to be from SARS
, you can contact SARS
in the following ways to find out if it's a phishing scam
Four ways to find out if you're about to fall for a SARS phishing scam
Visit the SARS website's 'phishing scams' page by clicking here;
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, providing the details of the message you've received;
Call SARS' Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870; or
Call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277.
If your business is due a Vat refund
from SARS and you use eFiling
, your Vat return
will be captured immediately through the Vat refund dashboard
, says FSP Business
That means you'll also be able to log onto eFiling
to check that a Vat refund
message is legitimate.
But remember there could be a delay in receiving you Vat refund
doesn't have your correct banking details. And if you file a manual Vat return
can take up to 14 days to capture it; this could delay your Vat refund
And, our chances of being audited by SARS
A small administrative mistake is all it takes for SARS
to schedule an audit for your business. Putting a simple zero in the wrong place on the Vat return
could cause a long and tedious audit process that could cost your business thousands. Make sure this never happens to you by filling in the new Vat return
100% correctly every, single time.
Find out how here.