Is taxman massaging the numbers?

Aseries of emails emanating from the South African Revenue Service (Sars) suggests the taxman may be manipulating its books, possibly so it can report a more favourable revenue collection figure on March 31.

But this was emphatically denied by Sars, which says the emails had been misinterpreted.

“Sars’s figures on its systems are factual, accurate and correct. Sars will not put its integrity and reputation at risk through fictitious facts and figures,” said spokesperson Sandile Memela.

On March 31, Sars commissioner Tom Moyane is expected to announce how much tax was collected in the past year, minus all refunds paid out.

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