Sars tax audit selection process called into question

Several listeners have expressed concern over the auditing process undertaken by the South African Revenue Service.

In particular, parents of children with disabilities have complained about being repeatedly targeted for an audit and having to re-submit the same certified medical information each year.

(Also read our article: Sars gives tips on Tax Season 2015)

To follow up on this, presenter Kieno Kammies spoke with Mark Kingon, Group Executive for Escalation and Support at Sars, who says that he is unable to detail how certain certain tax returns are flagged for review.

According to Kingon, the automated risk engine generates cases for review and there are often people who fraudulently claim for disability expenses.

People are maliciously claiming that they have got disabled dependents, so there is vigilance and respect taken in this area. Unfortunately, some legitimate claims are being identified for review. We don't want to review people unnecessarily but we want to mitigate risks of fraud.

Mark Kingon, Group Executive for Escalation and Support at Sars

Kingon did acknowledge an error in one matter relayed on the show on Monday. He said he was handling the case personally.

He says one of the short-comings of the system is that it requires audited taxpayers to provide the same documents on a yearly basis.

Kingon advised that Sars will be looking into creating an electronic database which would keep documentation permanently.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


This article first appeared on 702 : Sars tax audit selection process called into question


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
New online platform creates an innovative market place for clients and business

New online platform creates an innovative market place for clients and business

Da-Mark.com was created by software engineer Marc Aproskie to connect consumers with local businesses in their area.

Elkanah House responds to parents concerns about high uniform prices

Elkanah House responds to parents concerns about high uniform prices

Following a CapeTalk listener's email inquiring about a compulsory uniform list, Kieno Kammies speaks to the school's management.

Understanding the technical glitches associated with Sars e-filing

Understanding the technical glitches associated with Sars e-filing

Mark Kingon, Group Executive for Escalation and Support at Sars gives us clarity on recent complaints related to e-filing.

Report praises Sars and South Africa’s efficient VAT system

Report praises Sars and South Africa’s efficient VAT system

South Africa has an efficient VAT system that compares well with the best ones internationally, according to the Davis Tax Commission.

Sars gives tips on Tax Season 2015

Sars gives tips on Tax Season 2015

We interviewed a Sars operational executive about this year's tax season. We also took questions from listeners.

Sars to clamp down on tax fraudsters to meet R1.1 trillion target

Sars to clamp down on tax fraudsters to meet R1.1 trillion target

The tax season kicked off on July 1st and we spoke to Sars' Group Executive for Escalation and Support about their return targets.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Grootes's take on why EFF silent on Dlamini's SABC interview

[WATCH] Grootes's take on why EFF silent on Dlamini's SABC interview

702 Afternoon Drive host Stephen Grootes's comment involves past dealings that involve EFF national chair, Advocate Dali Mpofu.

Punitive tariff hike for water guzzlers to hit CT households where it hurts

Punitive tariff hike for water guzzlers to hit CT households where it hurts

Harsher punitive tariffs on the cards as 'Day Zero' becomes a reality as the result of 60% of Capetonians who ignore water limits.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.