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If you're liable for someone else's tax and money's been deducted off your bank account incorrectly, follow these three steps to object

by , 08 July 2014
When we say SARS will do everything in its power to get its money, we're serious.

If SARS can't recover funds from the primary source, it'll look if there's a 3rd person he can hold personally liable for the outstanding tax debt.

Sound confusing?

Let's say, you submit a tax return for a client and indicate yourself as the representative person for the return, but your client hasn't paid his tax liability. As a result, SARS may come after you to collect your client's tax debt. It can take money from your bank account to settle the tax debt!

The good news is you have recourse.

If you're liable for someone else's tax and you believe money's been deducted off your bank account incorrectly, take these three steps to object.

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Take these three steps to object if SARS has removed money from your bank account incorrectly

Step #1: The Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service says you must get all your support documents together and write a detailed explanation of what the facts are. Enquire from the bank and ask them to send you the request from SARS to deduct the taxes.

Step #2: Go into a SARS branch and see a SARS official. Gather as much detail as possible on what the situation is and remember to always write down date, time and who you spoke to regarding your issue.

If you phone the call centre, take down the case number. This will help you when you need to go to the SARS service monitoring division or the tax ombudsman.

Step #3: The SARS official will help you complete the relevant form for your objection.

After all this, SARS will in vestigate the matter and it'll decide on whether or not your objection is valid. It'll then inform you of its decision.

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