KNOW YOUR ENEMY
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KNOW YOUR ENEMY

Sun Tzu, author of the Art of War, was a Chinese General who is credited with imparting the wisdom of “knowing your enemy”. According to General Tzu, “if you know the enemy and yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”. In our experience, this rings true thousands of years after the...

Tax appeals – how long can SARS take?
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Tax appeals – how long can SARS take?

SARS is known for taking their time when it comes to processing appeals against assessments, especially if the appeal is not destined for litigation from the outset. Whilst there may be various reasons for these delays, the fact of the matter is that there are prescribed timelines within which certain steps in the appeal process...

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Bad idea: Tax objections drafted “On the back of a cigarette box”

Few taxpayers, in our experience, fully appreciate the importance and gravity of the early stages of the tax dispute resolution process with SARS – the objection stage. Too often, we see that objections are drafted in haste “on the back of a cigarette box” and important, often case-wining arguments, omitted from the grounds for objection...

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Is your tax objection late? Here’s what to do

SARS raises additional assessments all the time and for various reasons but mostly, an additional assessment, whether it be on VAT, income tax or PAYE is raised by SARS following an audit/verification. If a taxpayer is not satisfied with the assessment, the taxpayer can object against the additional assessment but has to do so within...

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SA Tax Penalties on Companies

On 14 December 2018, the public notice that allows the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) to impose penalties on companies for not submitting income tax returns was gazette. This is a new addition to the legion of penalties already faced by companies and permits the imposition of a monthly penalty on a company ranging from...

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Tax objections: Welcomed proposals or proposed challenges?

The proposed changes to the Rules of the Tax Court (“the Rules’) promulgated under section 103 of the Tax Administration Act No, 28 of 2011 (“TAA”) have been published and, have been met with a mixed reaction – in our office at least. Most of the changes are welcomed. One proposed change in is however,...

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Tax disputes: 3 years or 30 days?

If SARS did something a taxpayer is aggrieved by, the taxpayer has limited time within which to take action. The general rule is, when it comes to a dispute between a taxpayer and SARS involving an assessment, that limited period is 30 days (at the time of drafting this article, there is a proposal by...

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The supreme court of appeal on late tax appeals

It was recently held by the SCA[1] that the tax court had no jurisdiction to hear an application by a taxpayer for condonation of a late tax appeal. It is respectfully submitted that the Tax Court and SCA judgments raises more questions than it gives guidance and makes what is already, in the SCA’s own...

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When should SARS condone a late appeal?

In a recent application to the Johannesburg Tax Court (018/2016), the court was asked to condone an appeal submitted late by the taxpayer. The facts are simply that the taxpayer filed an appeal more than 75 business days after the notice of disallowance of the taxpayer’s objection. The reason for late submission is that the...