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What SARS auditors will check when auditing your input tax

by , 03 August 2015
Dear reader,

With recent history, many Vat vendors have overstated their input tax, both mistakenly and fraudulently.

If you claim input tax, your SARS Vat audit is impending.

And when the SARS auditor comes knocking at your door, his top objective is to check the validity and accuracy of your information and documents.

He'll check if:
  • Your books and records comply with the requirements of Section 55 of the Vat Act;
  • You didn't claim on exempt supplies;
  • You were entitled to claim input tax on zero-rated supplies you declared; 
  • Any of your input tax claims were for non-taxable supplies; 
  • Inputs you claim are reasonable and relevant for your trade;
  • Your tax invoices meet SARS' eight-point requirements; 
  • You apportioned inputs correctly and at the right tax rate (Sections 16, 17 and 20 of the Vat Act); and
  • You've adjusted input tax for assets which have changed in use.
If you've overstated the input tax, he'll reverse your input tax claims. And slap you with fines, penalties and interest.
And the truth is, even if you were entitled to your claim, but don't have the valid documentation, he'll still reverse your claim!
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