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Can you query SARS why a return is selected for audit?

Thursday, 15 January 2015   (0 Comments)
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Author: SAIT Technical

Q: When an income tax return is submitted and then selected by SARS for audit, is there any way that we as the tax practitioners can query with SARS the reason that they have been selected for audit? 

A: With regards to the query SARS conducts audits on a random or risk assessment basis. Furthermore, they do not disclose details of the factors they take into account in conducting their risk assessment. As such, unfortunately one would not receive an answer from SARS regarding why a certain taxpayer was selected for an audit.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this query and answer should be construed as constituting tax advice or a tax opinion. An expert should be consulted for advice based on the facts and circumstances of each transaction/case. Even though great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the answer, SAIT do not accept any responsibility for consequences of decisions taken based on this query and answer. It remains your own responsibility to consult the relevant primary resources when taking a decision.



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