Friday 2 September 2011

Taxpayers' Rights Quiz

How much do you know about your taxpayers rights? 

1. When an SARS employee has been rude to you, what should you do?

a. Yell back at them.
b. Slam down the phone and swear.
c. Ask to speak to a supervisor.
d. Threaten to sue.
2. If you are afraid to go to a SARS meeting, what are your options?
a. Hire a representative to go instead.
b. Have someone go with you.
c. Arrange to record the meeting.
d. All of the above.

3. When you cannot pay all the taxes you owe, when due, what are your options?

a. Don’t file a tax return. That way, the SARS won’t know how much you owe.
b. Set up a monthly payment plan.
c. Lie about your balance due on your tax return.
d. Blame it on the economy and forget it.
4. If you disagree about the amount of your tax liability, what is not a sensible option?
a. Request an appeals hearing.
b. Go to Tax Court.
c. Go to a Tax Specialist.
d. Just give in and pay the tax.
Answer key below.How did you do? Did you get 100%? If you got less than 100%, perhaps it's time you invested in a copy of "Taxpayers' Rights in South Africa"


Here’s the answer key:

1. c 2. d 3. b 4. d

With grateful thanks to Eva Rosenberg for the quiz concept from her article "Do you know your Taxpayer Rights?", adjusted here for South African Taxpayers. Eva Rosenberg, EA, is the publisher of Rosenberg is the author of several books and e-books, including “Small Business Taxes Made Easy.” Eva teaches a tax pro course at and other tax courses at 

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