PRETORIA– The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has appointed a team of debt collectors to recover 16.6 billion Rand (about 1.4 billion US dollars) owed to it in unpaid taxes.
SARS has appointed eight debt collection agencies to recover as much as possible of the 16.6-billion-Rand in debt owed to SARS. The objective is to boost revenue collection by outsourcing the recovery of older and relatively small amounts due to SARS, the revenue service said here Friday.
The revenue service said taxpayers and traders with outstanding accounts will only be contacted via electronic channels. The debt collection agencies will embark on the traditional debt collection activities, including outbound calls; tracing of taxpayers, sending out notices (through SMSs, emails or letters/notices).
Under no circumstances should debtors pay money directly to the debt collection agency. All outstanding tax or duties must only be paid directly to SARS via authorised payment channels, said SARS.
In addition, the agencies have also been tasked with encouraging non-compliant taxpayers to submit their outstanding returns to SARS so as to avoid the imposition of any further interest or penalties and criminal charges.
SARS invites all taxpayers to please co-operate with the service providers above. Failure to do this could result in criminal prosecution. The revenue it collects is vital for fuelling the growth and development of our country and assisting SARS to achieve its tough target of 1.217 trillion Rand.
It said that compliant taxpayers, who pay their dues, should be proud that they contribute to this national agenda as responsible citizens.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK