Taxpayer resolves wrangle with Sars

2010-09-04 13:01

A case of identity fraud that nearly cost Kabelo Boshomane more than R6 000 has been resolved.

Boshomane says he is relieved that the SA Revenue Service (Sars) this week agreed to cancel the tax debt that it claimed he owed.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said he was not at liberty to disclose the details of the settlement because the taxman has a legal obligation to keep taxpayer ­information confidential.

Boshomane’s wrangle with Sars began in 2008 when he received two IRP5s, the employee tax information certificate. He says one was correct, reflecting that he worked for the Gauteng Department of ­Education, but the other was incorrect. Thinking that it would be a simple error to correct, he went to Sars. He was shocked to discover that he owed tax.

“I was told that the information had been forwarded to Sars by a company called ­Beton Mure, which indicated that I had worked there. Because of this, I owed R6 357 in unpaid taxes and had to pay immediately.”

It was only when Boshomane contacted this company that he discovered that a Zimbabwean national had ­allegedly used his ID fraudulently to secure ­employment at that company.

Boshomane said he had once lost his ID in 1997, but had since obtained another. He did not know that his lost ID was later found and was being used.

Luckily for him, Beton Mure wrote an affidavit confirming that he had never worked for them and that he was not the person in the ID photo.

He submitted Beton Mure’s affidavit and his own to Sars, but his ­request for cancellation of the tax debt was rejected.

However, this week Boshomane’s ­fortunes changed. “A lady from Sars called me on Monday and said that my case had been ­reviewed and that the tax debt on my name would be cancelled,” he said.

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