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News: SARS catches out yet another tax syndicate

by , 15 October 2015
On Friday 9th October, the South African Police Service's top crime-fighting unit, the Hawks, arrested two men after an investigation by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) revealed a tax scam amounting to R50 million.

According to SARS spokesperson, Luther Lubelo, 'the syndicate allegedly fabricated fraudulent documentation reflecting purchases of second-hand jewellery amounting to R50 million.'

'The fictitious purchases were used in claiming a fraudulent 14 percent notional VAT input over the period of 2011 to 2013. SARS suffered an actual prejudice in excess of R5 million due to this scheme.'

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The case against the two men has been set aside to 3rd November for further investigation.

As reported on Business Report, the recent arrest made under the careful watch of SARS was similar in nature to the Bezuidenhout group scheme which was uncovered by SARS earlier this year.

This syndicate reportedly fabricated over 16 000 fraudulent invoices, totalling over R400 million, to reflect purchases of second-hand gold jewellery – payments which were 'made' using a fraudulent 14% notional VAT input over the period of 2010 to 2012. It also understated its sales drastically.

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