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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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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It is OK to abuse tax money as long as you beat a ‘deadline’ when a new law comes into effect

Public officials who abused taxpayers’ money to get themselves government tenders amounting to R48 million are legally off the hook. More than 200 state employees, who were reported to management for dodgy dealings, couldn’t be touched because a new law hadn’t come into effect yet. And government can’t do anything about it, according to Eugene […]
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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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