Panama Papers match 1,083 South Africans to SARS database

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Most of the South African taxpayers cited in the Panama Papers and identified as risky by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) had used a very similar offshore structure, which was facilitated by a single domestic intermediary, SARS disclosed on Wednesday.

The information emerged during an engagement by three parliamentary committees with a range of government departments and agencies involved in the fight against illicit financial flows, base erosion and profit shifting.

SARS said in a presentation to the hearing that it started engagements with taxpayers in June last year. The offshore structures of 603 South African residents out of the 1,666 cited in the papers (after removing duplicates) had been facilitated by a single South African intermediary.

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