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n Tax Breaks Newsletter - I received a nasty letter purporting to be from SARS. What now?
Answer by Steven Jones, editor of Moneyweb's Tax Breaks:
The letter you received is almost definitely a scam for the following reasons:
- SARS' regular mail would have the SARS logo printed on the envelope. It is highly unlikely that you will be sent correspondence from SARS in a plain brown envelope.
- SARS will not ask you to give them your banking details via 'phone or e-mail. In cases where SARS asks for verification of banking details (usually after you have changed your banking details on a tax return, or provided banking details for the first time), you will be sent an official SARS request to bring your ID book and a cancelled cheque / original letter from your bank to a SARS office.
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