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Here's what to do when SARS tells you it wants to audit your tax affairs

by , 09 September 2014
The Tax Administration Act (TAA) gives SARS powers to audit your tax affairs.

The good news is the TAA also gives you certain powers when it comes to audits.

It's true. Your rights are protected.

In fact, when SARS tells you it wants to audit your tax affairs, you have a right to demand certain things.

Read on to find out what these are so you can enforce your rights when it comes to SARS audits.


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Do this when SARS notifies you that it wants to audit your tax affairs


The general rule when it comes to SARS audits is you must get reasonable notice from SARS, in writing. The notice must indicate when the audit will take place and what type of audit it'll conduct.

When you receive notice of the audit, you must send SARS a letter asking for copies of the identification cards of the auditor and the team leader or line manager, says the Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service.

If SARS doesn't produce these you can assume that the person mentioned in the letter isn't a SARS official.

But, if SARS gives you the copies of the cards, you must send another letter and ask for the following:
 
  • Under what Act and what provisions you must provide the information SARS wants;
 
  • What the purpose of the audit is;
 
  • A copy of the risk analysis report. You have the right to request access to records of a public body if the record contains personal information about yourself; and
 
  • A copy of the audit file.
 
The bottom line is that SARS must be transparent and provide you with timely, accessible and accurate information.

So when SARS tells you it wants to audit your tax affairs, do what we've outlined above to enforce your rights.

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