SA model has to explain expensive gifts to SARS

Cape Town – A South African swimwear model, Candice van der Merwe, may be summoned to the Cape High Court to explain the origins of $15.3m (R155m) she claims was a gift from an unnamed Arab admirer. Van der Merwe says the astounding sum was a gift from “a companion” she met at a private Seychelles resort.

Ngoepe appointed as new tax ombudsman

 By Chantelle Benjamin Retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe said during his appointment as SA’s new tax ombudsmad that he would like to create confidence with the public.   Judge Bernard Ngoepe. (M&G) Newly appointed tax ombudsman retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe said on Thursday that his biggest challenge will be creating confidence in the newly established office so the public feel they have someone to assist them with their grievances against the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

Render unto Caesar – Harsh Tax Penalties Reviewed

JOHANNESBURG – Taxpayers who accidentally reduce their tax liability due to a reasonable mistake without any intent to defraud the Taxman, won’t be subjected to harsh understatement penalties in future. The Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill was introduced in the National Assembly last week and revises regulations to such an extent that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) won’t impose penalties in cases where the understatement by the taxpayer “results from a bona fide inadvertent error”. This follows criticism from tax practitioners and taxpayers on the harsh penalties previously imposed even where taxpayers had no intention of deceiving Sars.


What is it? Tax Season 2013 is open! It’s that time of the year again when you have to complete and submit your Income Tax Return (ITR12). We will help you through Tax Season 2013 with all you need to know so you can file easily and on time. Who is it for? Individuals (Provisional and non-provisional taxpayers)

What a Wicked Web We Weave, When We Issue Bogus VAT Invoices To Deceive!

Cash-strapped companies that are staring liquidation in the face sometimes resort to desperate measures to convince the court hearing an application for winding-up that they are not, in fact, insolvent and should not be wound up. A novel and imaginative method was adopted by the company, a VAT vendor, in ITC 1865 (2013) 75 SATC 250, though it is unlikely to become popular or to find its way into tax-planning manuals.

SARS audits and taxpayers’ rights

The Tax Administration Act, Act 28 of 2011 (‘the TAA’) came into effect on 1 October 2012. Its promulgation brought with it many changes to not only taxpayers’ rights and obligations but the reciprocal rights and obligations on the part of the South African Revenue Service (‘SARS’) in its continuous business of revenue collection. Some of the amendments and repeals of sections previously contained in the Income Tax Act, Act 58 of 1962 (‘the Act’) have seen a welcome improvement in taxpayers’ rights. One of these improvements is contained in section 42 of the Act.

SARS to fight for its fair share of the tax pie

 Earlier this year Minister Pravin Gordhan (“the Minister”) announced the members of the Tax Review Committee (“the committee”) as well as the committee’s terms of reference. The terms of reference for the committee include inquiring into the role of the South African tax system in the promotion of inclusive economic growth, employment creation, development and fiscal sustainability. The committee is required to take into account recent domestic and global developments and, in particular, the long-term objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) and thereafter make recommendations to the Minister. Any tax proposals arising from these recommendations will be announced as part of the normal budget and legislative processes.

Tax Admistration Act – Jurisdiction of the courts

When litigating against SARS, it is of critical importance that the taxpayer institute proceedings in the proper forum. In this regard, an important question arises as to which issues are justiciable in the Tax Court and which in the High Court. A wrong decision by the taxpayer and his advisers may have the consequence that time limits to bring proceedings in the correct court have expired, and that the taxpayer is left without a remedy.

Tax Adminstration Act No 28 of 2011 – Tax Litigation

Tax litigators will now have to consider, inter alia, the impact of certain provisions under the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011 (the TAA) as amended by the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act No. 21 of 2012 on the doctrine of legal professional privilege and a recent judgment reflecting the view of a court with regards to the adherence to the rules of the Tax Court by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

South Africa Tax Statistics 2013

Author: SARS Legal and Policy The National Treasury and SARS jointly publish tax statistics annually. These aggregated statistics are compiled from SARS’s registers of taxpayers and from tax returns. These statistics complement other published social and economic data. The statistics are finding wide use within government, business, academia and non-governmental organisations.