Father and daughter claiming R7.6bn from SARS
Gary van der Merwe and his model daughter, Candice van der Merwe, have issued summonses against SARS totalling R7.6 bn.
Business Report says the amount comprises three summonses issued in the first six months of this year.
The first summons claims R5.6bn from SARS, which was the complainant in a case that put Gary through a decade-long criminal trial where he was acquitted on all tax-related charges. Gary alleges that SARS’ actions cost him R5.6bn in lost investment, lost earnings from what would have been the world’s first online lottery and massive reputational damages.
Another summons for R1bn is based on SARS ‘falsely’ claiming that the money his daughter received in 2013 from a friend overseas was actually his.
The third summons, issued by Candice, for R1bn, is as a result of SARS claiming that she was a conduit for her father’s money in circumstances where this was later admitted by SARS not to be the case.
The damages claimed include constitutional damages, resulting from SARS causing irreparable harm to her reputation, legal costs and compensation for the manner in which SARS pursued Candice without properly investigating the source of money.
The report notes these summonses are in addition to an upcoming tax case due to be heard on 30 August in the Tax Court sitting in the Western Cape High Court, where Gary is assisting Candice to recover the R44m she paid to SARS under protest in March 2016, plus the interest on the money, estimated to have grown to R21m.
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