Small business owners have been cautioned by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to beware of con artists who claimed to have come from them, demanding “outstanding payments” on undeclared taxes.
This message came from Sars on Monday saying in a statement that there had been a number of incidents in recent months where fraudsters had “demanded money to wipe off debts”
It added instead of directly giving out such funds, taxpayers and traders with outstanding accounts should resolve the matter directly with with them.
“All outstanding tax must only be paid directly into a Sars bank account. Sars doesn’t have the habit of sending agents to collect debt from individuals or businesses,” the statement added
According to Sars, there has been a few incidents that have been reported to Sars of scam artists that have demanded money to wipe off debts in the past years,
It therefore encouraged those with queries to contact the SARS contact centre at 0800 00 7277 to validate their status for Sars. Also, taxpayers should report any suspicious activity on the anti-corruption and fraud hotline at 0800 00 2870.
Meanwhile, the South African government has promised to continue to show its support to small industries and businesses in the country.
Referring to small enterprises as the country’s backbone, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would not relent in its effort to boost the businesses in order to boost the nation’s economy.
“It is through small business that we really want to radically change the trajectory of our economy. We place the hopes of our nation on a thriving inclusive economy on the success of small business,” Deputy President Ramaphosa said.
The deputy president also encouraged those who thinks their little businesses never mattered to the nation’s economy saying if you are in the small business sector and ever thought that what you are doing in your small corner, in your small garage does not matter – I’m here to tell you that it does matter to this economy.