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How late can a request for correction of my ITR12 be made?

Posted 8 September 2014 under Tax Questions



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A friend of mine, has submitted her IT12 by e-filing, she was then asked to submit supporting documents, once these were submitted, she was told that she will be audited as part of the tax compliance procedure. She is concerned because when submitting her IT12, she had lost her log book and had to redo this from memory and is now worried that the log book will be inaccurate and the audit will bring this up. As she doesn't want to get into trouble, she wants to know if it is still possible to do a request for correction (RFC), where she redoes her returns and leaves out any travel expense claim, even though she has already received a letter notifying her that she will be audited? She is also concerned that if she does apply for a RFC and this is rejected then this will be a "red flag" for SARS, will this be the case?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
8 September 2014 at 9:07

She can do this, but if her logbook is accurate, even though from memory, it would make more sense to include it else she will lose a significant deduction.


Stan says:
8 September 2014 at 12:28

Thanks for the answer, I spoke to her and she doubts that her logbook is accurate so she prefers to resubmit as opposed to taking a chance. She would like to know what happens to the audit notification etc. once she asks for a correction and she is also still concerned that if she applies for a RFC and this is rejected (is this possible?) that this will be a "red flag" for SARS, can this happen?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
8 September 2014 at 23:28

The audit response will be ignored and it should not trigger further audit or red flag if she requests a correction.


Stan says:
9 September 2014 at 8:30

Hi she requested the correction and got the following message: Please note that your return cannot be processed as SARS is currently reviewing your assessment. The return will be reviewed as part of this process. SARS will advise you on the outcome in due course. Attached to Enforcement Case.

This sounds scary! What does it mean?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
10 September 2014 at 0:06

What this means is that she is too far into the process to request a correction. IF SARS requests further information they will call her. The worst that happens is her logbook is disallowed and therefore the deduction is disallowed resulting in the tax being payable.


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