82-year-old pensioner’s tax written off after threats of having her home repossessed

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An Eurhuleni grandmother, who had been at risk of losing her home due to tax debt, is delighted after a newspaper article prompted tax specialists to save her property.

The move to help 80-year-old Jabulile Ngcobo came after a report about her dilemma was published in the Sunday Independent. According to the report Ngcobo owed Sars R11 222,01 from more than 20 years ago when she was employed.

Ngcobo said she received a letter of demand from Sars in September, stating that her account was in arrears. Ngcobo had hoped it was error but then another letter arrived threatening her with a warrant of execution.

Following the article, Ngcobo received a phone call from Sars to inform her that her debt had been written off.

She told a Sunday Independent reporter: “My child, I don’t have enough words to thank you and the people who have been calling to offer me help.

“At first I was thinking it was a scam until my granddaughter assured me that these people got our contact details from the newspaper. I now can sleep peacefully knowing that there is help on the way.

“Someone from Sars called and told my granddaughter that my debt has been cancelled. I am very happy if this is true,” Ngcobo said.

According to the report, Ngcobo’s granddaughter Nonhlanhla Khambule said an official from Sars told her the debt was written off.

Jeanine Goosen, an accountant from JG Accounting agency, and Gingi Gama from Global Citizen also provided assistance.