Audit/Verification, how long does this last?

After initial assessment of a tax return, and if in the initial assessment no further audit/verification was called for. For how long can SARS ask for audit/verification?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
7 May 2013 at 17:33

Do you mean they have now come to you afterwards and asked for verification even though they originally didn't?

Sue says:
8 May 2013 at 21:59

That is correct cann they do this? And for how long after the inital assessment can they do this?

TaxTim TaxTim says:
8 May 2013 at 22:39

SARS has the right to re-assess 5 years after returns have been submitted for assessment. They have wide powers when it comes to reopening assessments. If you are in disagreement with their assessment you can dispute it by lodging an objection. If you click the dispute button on your ITA34 then you will be able to submit a Notice of Objection with reasons as to why you think the assessment is incorrect.

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