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NEWSFLASH: SARS outsources private debt collectors in a desperate attempt to collect your outstanding taxes

by , 09 September 2016
NEWSFLASH: SARS outsources private debt collectors in a desperate attempt to collect your outstanding taxesWith all the intrigue at SARS over the last two years, things like outstanding returns and outstanding tax have grown alarmingly.

I found out from SARS that they have about R70 billion in undisputed debt outstanding. Add to this another R30 billion disputed debt and a further R60 billion due from taxpayers and vendors who haven't submitted returns or who aren't registered as taxpayers - so SARS does not even know what these people owe.

So in desperation, SARS has outsourced R15 billion in debt which has been outstanding for more than four years to three private debt collectors. Here's what you need to know...

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One of these three private debt collectors may be coming after you for a SARS tax debt
NDS Credit Management, Credit Solutions and Lekgotla Trifecta Capital Consortium are the private debt collectors SARS has outsourced to. I understand they can earn up to 10% of the debt they actually recover. SARS manages to keep its total costs to less than 1% of the revenue it collects.
But unfortunately, the payment reference numbers they quote don't correspond with SARS statements of account. So rather rely on the SARS information… although even these contain many errors and unexplained journal entries.
So if you get an SMS, phone call or the following letter from one of the appointed debt collectors, it's still best to sort out the issue with SARS. Read on below…
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We hereby confirm that the above-mentioned SARS account has been handed over to NDS Credit Management for collections. We would like to help you fulfil your obligation to SARS to avoid the need for SARS to pursue legal collections strategies.
SARS requires immediate settlement of this account. However, should you be unable to settle the full account at this time, please contact us so that we can assist you in concluding an acceptable payment arrangement.
A full breakdown of the outstanding account is reflected below, including the interest, penalties and additional taxes charged. Note that different tax types and different periods may require separate reference numbers when making payment. These are reflected as the "PRN Numbers" in the breakdown. Using the incorrect PRN number will result in your payment not being allocated correctly.
A breakdown of the tax returns outstanding on your account (where applicable) is also shown. Please note that it is a criminal offence to not submit your returns, so your prompt attention to this matter is required.
Payment can be made directly at any SARS branch (ensure you use the correct PRN numbers), via e-filing if you are registered, or via EFT. SARS is a pre-loaded beneficiary, so no banking details are required. Please ensure the correct PRN numbers are used throughout. E-filing is generally the most convenient payment channel for registered taxpayers.
A payment arrangement plan (deferment) can be applied for, should immediate settlement not be possible, however note that the following conditions hold:
·         All outstanding tax returns must be submitted first
·         An immediate part-payment is required within 7 days
·         A deferment request must be completed (forms available on request from either SARS or NDS Credit) and returned to NDS Credit within 48 hours
·         The required documentation must accompany the deferment request - including motivation for the requested deferment
Should you have any queries or disputes, please feel free to contact SARS directly on 0800-007-277. Alternatively, contact NDS Credit on 011-521-7233 or email sars@ndscredit.co.za.
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Whatever you do, only pay any tax demanded into a nominated SARS bank account. You must also get details of the payment reference number or else your money will end up in the lost and not found account. There's about R5 billion lying in this account and, after five years, these payments are forfeited to the Government.
SARS warns about scammers, so don't give any information over the phone or in response to an email. Here's a recent scam they told us about.

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