SARS desperate – goes after taxpayer who owes R0.49

SARS is getting desperate after suffering huge shortfalls, and is now auditing a large portion of taxpayers who need to receive refunds. This is according to the Rapport newspaper, which spoke to tax practitioners about changes at the revenue service. According to the newspaper, more salary earners are subjected to audits – while SARS takes […]
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Sars’ brand diminished by unskilled staff

For every step in the right direction, Sars manages to tumble down two. The Tax Ombud is slowly gaining ground in assisting taxpayers in resolving their tax differences with Sars. Unfortunately, these “tax differences” are frequently of Sars’ making, and as Sars slips further behind in the revenue target, so can we expect an exponential […]
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State machinery employed for nefarious political purposes

Cyril Ramaphosa, responding to rumours about his private life, on Sunday spoke of the manner in which state machinery is employed for a particular political agenda that is in favour of those who prefer a specific candidate to replace Jacob Zuma as the president of the ruling party. But is the Constitution not there to […]
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SARS feeds Guptas and ANC

A Parliamentary Question from the FF Plus regarding complaints received from the taxpayer (SARS) since the tax ombudsman came into existence indicates that everything is not well in SARS and that this service can become less and less trusted in dispute with Taxpayers themselves. Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus parliamentary spokesman for finance, asked […]
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Current climate at SARS is one of fear and loathing

SARS spokesman Luther Lebelo went on Radio 702 on Friday to rubbish media reports and clear up perceptions over SARS and its Commissioner‚ Tom Moyane. Lebelo‚ who becomes increasingly agitated as the interview with Stephen Grootes progresses‚ was vehement in defending Moyane over a trip to Dubai in December 2015 and also speaks about the […]
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KPMG got fired from JSE-listed Sygnia over ‘Gupta links’ – M&G

JSE-listed asset manager Sygnia has fired KPMG over its alleged role in state capture – the first private sector pressure that has been brought to bear on global firms accused of having questionable business relations with the Gupta family. A series of leaked emails, called the Gupta Leaks, have exposed KPMG for its role as […]
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Tax claims for your Medical Expenses

Putting in a claim for your medical expenses can be tricky when filing your tax returns. I’d like to know if one can claim for medical expenses: 1. If medical aid doesn’t cover for the expenses paid; and 2. What if medical aid is exhausted and I pay out of my pocket, can I claim […]
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ONLY 2.3 Million people Actually pay tax, maybe less!

Actual number of taxpayers far lower than SARS professes it to be. In many a discussion and article about the tax burden in South Africa, figures are bandied about regarding the actual number of taxpayers in the country. The latest figure that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) likes to use is 13,7 million, while […]
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