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Do I still pay in when I received SMS from SARS saying they owe me after last return?

Posted 7 August 2013 under Tax Q&A


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Hi! Your website is very informative. I was requested to submit outstanding returns for last 5 yrs via telephone.
I however updated the returns and then was asked to pay a penalty of R12500. A few weeks later I received an ITSA- statement of account stating I owe R50 404-00. I however settled the amount as my wife received disability from her insurance. The collection department stated that I still owe them the penalty of R12500. The ITSA only reflects interest on late payment and no penalty. I am paying them R1000 per month, meanwhile I submitted my last return on 7 August 2013, and received an SMS that SARS owes me R4300. Now what about my outstanding penalty? Do I continue paying as I have nothing in writing?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
7 August 2013 at 15:40

Does your payment of R1000 per month reflect anywhere on eFiling? Did you ever receive a penalty letter?

HARRY says:
7 August 2013 at 15:55

I cannot get through to efiling and I did not receive a letter regarding a penalty. I was informed telephonically by the collection department (SARS)

TaxTim TaxTim says:
7 August 2013 at 17:14

I would contact 0800 00 7277 to get something in writing about this as you should have received a letter. However if you did get a call from the collections department then it most likely will continue until paid off. Did they provide banking details, or how are you paying?

HARRY says:
8 August 2013 at 7:02

Yes, they did provide me with banking details. Meanwhile I am trying to get into eFiling as I received a SMS stating to view ITSA on eFiling. Thanks for your help and your site is like magic.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
8 August 2013 at 14:40

Only a pleasure! Let us know if we can help further.


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