SARS makes use of data they receive from employers, financial institutions, medical schemes, retirement annuity fund administrators, and other 3rd party data providers to create the auto-assessment.
If you have been auto-assessed, you will receive an SMS indicating that you have been auto-assessed with a link to the e-filing website or SARS Mobi app.
Once you have clicked on the link you can review the auto-assessment and choose to accept it or choose to edit the assessment.
Should you fail to respond to these auto-assessments as described above, SARS will make an estimated assessment, based on the data at their disposal. This could lead to you missing out on allowable deductions and consequently pay more tax than is required.
If for some reason you did not respond to the notice from SARS, and you would like to make changes to the assessment raised, you would be required to file an objection to that assessment.
There may be administrative penalties associated with this. It is therefore important that you read notifications from SARS to be aware of any assessments that have been made and that you review the auto-assessment should one have been made on your behalf to ensure that your assessments are accurate and that you receive the benefit of all allowable deductions.
As electronic communication increases so do the risks relating to these.
Please note these are scams and taxpayers should take note of the following:
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