A Nasty Surprise from SARS

The 2018 tax season has come and gone. However, the coast is not clear just yet. As SARS concludes their verification process – to review and confirm taxpayer’s information – many taxpayers may have received a nasty pre-holiday surprise from SARS.

At the centre of the surprise is a delay of your much needed tax refund due to SARS issuing an additional assessment; often disallowing a taxpayer’s rental expenses or travel allowance claim. With SARS closing over the holiday season, this will leave many taxpayers in no man’s land, with no more than a piece of coal to show for their endeavours.

What Now?

The question is, is SARS correct in their assessment and application of the law, or have you correctly claimed rental expenses against your rental income and/or have you correctly lodged a travel claim against your travel allowance? This often leaves taxpayers frustrated with no clear indication on how best to proceed.

In our experience, where the latter is true, rather engage tax experts to assist where SARS has disallowed your travel allowance claim or rental expenses claim.

Author:

Thamsanqa Msiza
Senior Tax Consultant