Hawks and SARS on the Hunt: VDP Your Tax Redemption

The fiscal pressures on SARS’ tax collection appear to have now compelled SARS to actively initiate the arrest and prosecution of taxpayers who do not accurately declare their taxable income. For long time, it has been warned that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) possesses third-party information from banks, financial institutions, estate agents, car dealerships etc., enabling them to identify those who are not declaring their income correctly. However, many South Africans have not taken this message seriously enough to declare accurately and fulfil their tax obligations. They may have felt a false sense of comfort from the seemingly hesitance of SARS to actively enforce its mandate through criminal enforcement. This situation appears to have suddenly changed.

Andre Daniels

André Daniels
Head of Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution