The words sacks, sacs, sax sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do sacks, sacs, sax sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: sacks, sacs, sax are homophones of the English language.
Plural form of sack.
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of sack.
Plural form of sac.
Definitions from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License, from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.