Narissa Subramoney
Copy rewriter
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28 Sep 2021
2:39 pm

Two Gauteng firms feel Sars’ renewed bite over R57 million tax debt

Narissa Subramoney

Both companies submitted PAYE returns but Sars said the monies were never paid over.

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Gauteng-based company Raptosec Logistics owes the South African Revenue Service (Sars) R39 million.

Sars has since attached Raptosec’s assets after the Pretoria High Court granted a civil judgment and writ order.

The logistics company submitted pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) returns but never paid over any monies.

Sars’ PAYE rapid response team tried to recoup the money from Raptosec on several occasions but to no avail.

The tax collector then issued the company with a final demand on 7 July 2021.

Meanwhile, in another case, the sheriff has attached the assets of Edison Power Gauteng.

The electrical contracting company had an outstanding debt of R18 million after the company submitted PAYE returns without payment.

Sars said it provides clarity and certainty to make it easy for taxpayers to comply with their legal obligations.

It has now sharpened its capacity to detect non-compliance.

Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter reaffirmed the revenue collectors’ determination to uproot the culture of non-compliance deeply embedded in some companies’ operations.

“I exhort all taxpayers, especially employers, to refrain from this conduct that borders on criminality when they misuse taxes that by law should be paid over to Sars,” said Kieswetter.

“We are committed to eradicating this culture, and it has deployed all necessary resources to ensure compliance,” he added.

Compiled by Narissa Subramoney

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