Fairness for all: Case 19
STEP UP TO THE MARK AND PUT CITIZENS FIRST
In July 2022, SARS issued more than three million income tax auto-assessments to individual non-provisional taxpayers. It is crucial to understand that the process for dealing with auto-assessments is slightly different from when an income tax return is submitted manually. If the wrong procedure is followed, it could have serious consequences for taxpayers.
Fairness for all: Case 18
Comments delivered by Tax Ombud, Judge Bernard M. Ngoepe at the SAIGA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022. The theme of your conference is; “Step up to the mark and put citizens first”. Within the context of the above theme, the question I am asked to address specifically is: “How can South Africa overcome its obstacles”. Both the […]
Fairness for all: Case 17
When a tax complaint deals with more than one issue, it may lead to confusion at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), as the case below shows.
Fairness for all: Case 16
The Office of the Tax Ombud is pleased to share the 17th issue of its monthly case study newsletter Fairness for All. The newsletter seeks to educate taxpayers about the types of taxpayer complaints lodged with the OTO and how these are resolved. In the current issue, we showcase one of the challenges taxpayers experience […]
Fair Play 24
In 2017 the OTO issued a report after finalising a systemic investigation into what caused delays in SARS paying refunds to taxpayers. One of the issues identified was that SARS delays the revision of assessments after disputes have been finalised. The primary issue noted by the Tax Ombud was that there is no prescribed timeframe […]
Fairness for All: Case 14
The theme of the current edition is “Balancing taxpayers’ rights and obligations”, and the articles and insights featured in this issue seek to do precisely that by providing informative material on the topic.
Media Statement: South Africa’s first compilation of taxpayers’ rights finalised
The OTO has discovered a previously unidentified issue relating to SARS repeatedly conducting verifications that could be contributing to delays in the revenue authority finalising assessments. This issue was found during an analysis the OTO has been conducting to determine possible root causes of certain delays in paying out refunds, specifically in cases where SARS […]
Compilation of Taxpayer Rights, Entitlements and Obligations
On 7 April 2022, Tax Ombud Judge Bernard Ngoepe published the Compilation of Taxpayers’ Rights, Entitlements and Obligations. He expressed gratitude to all stakeholders who heeded calls for public comments on the draft Compilation released two months ago.
Fairness for All: Case 13
The Tax Ombud, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, is pleased to share South Africa’s first-ever Compilation of Taxpayers’ Rights, Entitlements and Obligations. The document was compiled by the Office of the Tax Ombud (OTO) with inputs from numerous stakeholders in and outside the tax sphere. Thank you for your contribution and support over the years, and we […]
Before releasing tax refunds, SARS is by law allowed to conduct verifications when it identifiesrisks, but it is not common to do so multiple times for the same tax year and request the samedocuments.