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Are you a VAT offender?

by , 20 June 2016
Are you a VAT offender?Did you know there are over 26 instances where you could be criminally charged for evading VAT?

A simple thing like not issuing a proper tax invoice, or claiming a VAT refund when you don't have the proof, means you could be guilty of committing a criminal offence.

And there are 24 more that you may not even realise constitute VAT evasion. Keep reading below to make sure you're not evading VAT, without even knowing it...

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You're guilty of evading VAT if you:

  1. Tell your accountant to claim input tax on your VAT return when you don't have the tax invoices for them;
  2. Lie during an audit - verbally or in writing;
  3. Falsify your accounting records;
  4. Issue a fake tax invoice;
  5. Set up a plot or plan to de-fraud the State;
  6. Sign a false statement, return or any other document; or
  7. Lie to get a VAT refund or tax exemption you're not entitled to.
And if you don't do the following seven things you could also be criminally liable…
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You're also criminally liable if you don't do these seven actions:

1.       Tell SARS you've changed your registered details;
2.       Appoint a representative taxpayer;
3.       Let SARS know you've changed who your representative taxpayer is;
4.       Register as a tax practitioner - but you're acting as one anyway;
5.       Submit your VAT return to SARS;
6.       Issue a valid tax invoice; or
7.       Keep records as required by the TAA.
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