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Motor Bargaining council levies, were deducted, but I was never registered

Posted 16 July 2015 under Tax Questions



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SD says:
15 July 2015 at 7:12

My employer was deducting Motor council levies, but I was never registered. They said I will not get my levies back to me. I had to approach the Motor Bargaining council to get the motor levies paid back to me, and was paid as a cash deposit, instead of on line banking transfer. Surely, the money that was originally deducted from me, went to another account, or invested elsewhere, how did they manage to do their tax return. Is there any way, that I should report this matter to SARS, etc?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
15 July 2015 at 14:57

We are not familiar with the Motor Bargaining Council - are you asking whether they do their own taxes correctly?


SD says:
15 July 2015 at 18:15

When you work for an Automotive company, you fall under the Motor Bargaining Council, and my understanding is that there is a certain threshold. By law the company is required to deduct the fees from your salary, but the fees are paid to the Bargaining council, as levies.

The Motor Bargaining council informed me that I was never registered with them, therefore they were not receiving payment, as per my ID number. The Bargaining council said that the levies deducted for my Id, were not showing on there tax return, so they were invested somewhere else.

The employer was very unprofessional in dealing with these queries and lied to me, they even said that I will not get my money back. I then approached the Bargaining council, and they helped me to get the employer refund me, all the deductions that were deducted for these council levies.

What is strange is that although I did receive the refund, it was paid as a cash transfer in the bank, with a statement, this is strange because I would have thought the refund to be electronically, via on-line banking by the employer, someone obviously, went to the bank to do a cash deposit.

It is obvious then, that there must be something wrong with the tax return of this employer, when they deducted the council levies from me, for a certain amount of years.

Should this be noted with SARS?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
16 July 2015 at 11:39

You can report this case to SARS and they would do an investigation into the employer because there may be some very strange activity relating to their other taxes.


SD says:
16 July 2015 at 19:35

How can I report this case to SARS?

In other words, what method/s should I use?

Thank you


TaxTimTaxTim says:
16 July 2015 at 20:05

You can call the call centre on 0800 00 7277 and report it - or click this link to find out more:

Report non-compliance to SARS


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