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JUDGEMENT | Does abusing tax processes work?

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The full bench of the Western Cape High court recently delivered judgment (Cloete J dissenting) in a favour of a taxpayer who, according to the Tax Court, was simply abusing process. When studying the judgment of the Tax Court, it is difficult to see how the taxpayer’s approach was anything more than an abuse of process which begs the question: Why was the taxpayer successful on appeal to the full bench of the High Court?

SARS may be your follower on social media

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It has been widely reported that SARS has committed to probing the tax affairs, and information disclosed by High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWI) on their tax returns, in order to determine their compliance with the respective tax legislation, with the establishment of the High Wealth Individual Taxpayer Segment (HWI).

SARS is aware of your offshore assets

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The days where SARS shuts its eyes to taxpayers’ offshore holdings are thing of the past. SARS is finally utilising the Automatic Exchange of Information regime to pin down taxpayers who have not disclosed their offshore interests and numerous taxpayers have already received some alarming notices to this effect.

South Africans abroad: SARS show their teeth

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The hotly debated amendment to Section 10(1)(o)(ii) or 'Expatriate Exemption' took effect from 1 March 2020, with the questions on many expatriates’ minds often being 'how will SARS find me? What does the SARS audit of an expatriate look like and what questions should I expect?'

Navigating a transfer pricing to a mutually unacceptable outcome

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Transfer pricing audits can be onerous, but taxpayers can achieve a more successful outcome by providing all information requested, anticipating areas of concern, and engaging openly with the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

Tax judgments are no ordinary judgments

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While a tax judgment may have all the effects of a judgment, it is not a judgment in the ordinary sense, but rather an enforcement mechanism for the recovery of tax. If a person has an outstanding tax debt, SARS may, after giving at least 10 business days’ notice, file with the court’s registrar a certified statement setting out the amount of tax payable.The effect of such filing is that it must be treated as a civil judgment lawfully given in favour of SARS for a liquid debt for the amount specified in the statement.

SARS to ‘name and shame’ tax dodgers

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It seems the SARS Commissioner had an epiphany – make an example of delinquent taxpayers so others will fall in line. Apparently, following SARS’ media briefing on 30 July 2020, this is a deterrence tactic SARS will use in the coming filing season.

Tax returns auto assessments – check before you ‘accept’

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Speak to any individual taxpayer and tax practitioner these days and no doubt ‘auto assessments’ will feature in the conversation. Whilst many agree that the auto assessment process is a good idea and there is appreciation of SARS’ intention to simplify tax compliance, there are mixed feelings regarding the implementation and practicality thereof.

Tax returns: do the right thing or face the consequences

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The Commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (SARS), Edward Kieswetter, briefed the media and stakeholders on 30 July 2020 to provide an update in terms of SARS’ plans in respect of the 2020 Filing Season. The theme for this year’s filing season is #YourTaxMatters.

PODCAST | Important court win for small business owner against SARS

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An interview with Jean-Louis Nel, Tax Attorney, Tax Consulting SA, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing how the Pretoria High Court granted a small business owner an urgent basis for relief against SARS who depleted his bank account without following due process.

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