Sars pays up after taxpayer’s raw deal

2010-11-20 09:41

An Mpumalanga man who nearly lost R20?000 as a result of an administration bungle by the taxman, can finally heave a sigh of relief.

The South African Revenue Services (Sars) rectified the error following Hotline’s ­intervention.

Patrick Mahlangu discovered that he shared his tax number with another person and after fighting a losing battle with Sars over the matter, he decided to contact ­Hotline.

A relieved Mahlangu this week acknowledged receipt of the refund and the cancellation of the mysterious debt. But he ­refused to disclose how much was ­transferred into his bank account.

“I am just happy the nightmare is over. I have been a law-abiding citizen for the past 29 years,” said Mahlangu.

“This year, as expected, I submitted the IRP5 and was promised a refund. But two days later I received a text message from Sars notifying me about a R20?000 debt and I disputed this.

“Not long ago, I received proceeds from the sale of unit trusts and the taxman took all the money.

The balance was R19?000 and this gave me sleepless nights,” he said.

Mahlangu said Sars seemed reluctant to resolve the matter.

Hotline referred the complaint to Adrian Lackay, spokesperson for Sars, who failed to respond to the ­enquiry.

Last Friday, Mahlangu contacted Hotline saying that a representative from Sars had contacted him and requested more ­information.

On Monday, he shared the good news with Hotline.

At the time of going to press, Lackay had failed to respond to Hotline’s enquiry or to explain how the error could have ­occurred.

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