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SARS Scam Alert

Fraud Alert:

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today reminded taxpayers to be wary of attempts to scam them.

“SARS would like to remind taxpayers that even if they are using the service of a tax practitioner or an intermediary, the taxpayer remains personally liable for their own tax affairs and their own compliance,” said the revenue service.

Taxpayers should ensure the tax practitioner they use is registered and accredited, and can check the registration status of a tax practitioner on the SARS website.

Scammers usually obtain taxpayer information by posing as tax consultants, tax practitioners or a trusted third party. They are then able access the taxpayers profile on eFiling and submit false declarations.

The revenue service urged taxpayers not to reveal their eFiling details such as login name and password to anyone.

“Taxpayers are also warned to be vigilant in the use of personal devices to ensure these devices are secure and to ensure that login credentials are strong and not repeatedly used over multiple devices,” said SARS.

SARS will never request banking or personal details in any communication that one receives by post, email, phone or SMS.

“Importantly, SARS will also not send you any hyperlinks to other websites, even those of banks. There are no links to any banks on the SARS website.”

Taxpayers, who are concerned about emails or SMS messages claiming to be from SARS, should visit the SARS Scams and Phishing webpage on www.sars.gov.za or email phishing@sars.gov.za.

Taxpayers can also call the SARS Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870 or call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277.