SARS Objections and Appeals


Can a taxpayer challenge SARS?

Yes – if SARS made a decision or raised an assessment that negatively affects the taxpayer. In fact, if you don’t challenge it, SARS may and often does proceed with collection steps. The current COVID-19 tax relief measures does not apply to assessed income tax (whether by way of original or additional assessment) or VAT (bar certain import VAT relief) and has very limited application to other taxes relative to all the types of taxes for which a taxpayer may be held liable. In addition, SARS seems to continue collection efforts (perhaps more so now).

There are no less than seven remedies that a taxpayer can rely on to challenge an assessment or decision raised by SARS.


If used properly, they can result in significant tax savings. If used improperly, they will amount to a waste of time and spilled cost and SARS still pursuing collection steps.

We know and understand all these remedies, when they are available, when not, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to use them in combination (where needed) to give your case the best possible chance of succeeding. We are also very familiar with typical mistakes SARS often make in raising assessments and how to ensure taxpayers don’t pay tax not assessed in accordance with the law. In addition, we can conformably deal with the ancillary tax issues associated with challenging an assessment such as suspension of payment, deferred payment arrangements and tax clearance issues. We have a 100% success rate on cases we  have taken on against SARS through the objection and appeal process and have saved taxpayers millions in undue taxes, penalties and interest.

Why should you trust us?


Our founder, Nico Theron, is an industry recognised expert in challenging SARS assessments and decisions, lecturing tax dispute resolution to post graduate tax students at the University of Pretoria and also from time to time train (at the request of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals) accountants, lawyers, auditors and other tax practitioners in practice across South Africa on tax dispute resolution.


We have a 100% win rate on cases we take on against SARS through the objection and appeal process and have saved taxpayers millions in undue taxes, penalties and interest.


Our team consists of master tax practitioners, lawyers and ex SARS auditors. We can comfortably deal with your case all way through to Tax Court if needed but, we always aim to resolve it without resorting to litigation.


We pride ourselves in being easily accessible to our clients and having faster turnaround times.


We are well known for our pragmatic way of resolving cases. Whilst we are highly trained and qualified - we deal with tax disputes in the most practical way possible whilst ensuring due compliance with legislative requirements.


We seek to add value – our core focus is quality, not quantity and results that actually mean something.
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