Choosing Your “A-Team” in Tax Debt Write-Off Negotiations – Protection of Legal Privilege

 Stemming from SARS’ recent Revenue Result Announcement, and the pre-cursors of new compliance and collection initiatives over the last 5 years, Deferrals of Payment and Compromises of Tax Debt are all the market hype! Just the thought of being able to legally reduce your tax debts due to SARS, although sounding like a pipedream, […]

Tax Court Bullying Judgment Set-Aside and “court” status brought into question – Appeal Reignites Debate Over Lay Representation in the Tax Court

A recent tax dispute ruling has reignited the age-old debate over the right of appearance by a lay person in the Tax Court and whether the Tax Court falls within the ambit of a “court of law.” The High Court judgment in Poulter v CSARS (A88/2023) [2024] ZAWCHC 97 (2 April 2024) involved a taxpayer […]

“SARS + AI” vs “Your South African Tax”

The SARS Announcement on 02 April 2024, may look, for the untrained eye, like standard narrative. As a tax attorney in day-to-day practice, there are daily examples of very expensive tax mistakes. Tax practitioners and South African taxpayers are well advised to switch to a moment of seriousness; and take note of the following with […]

SARS Follows the Money – Targeting Big-Ticket Taxpayers and Their “Trusted Advisors”

SARS’ “Compliance Revenue Programme” make headlines off the back of the Revenue Results Announcement on 02 April 2024, raking in a whopping R293,7 billion! Even though the Announcement provided statistics upon statistics, the underlying message from Commissioner Kieswetter was clear – even with only 12 500 SARS employees, SARS will ensure to be “a catalyst to […]

SARS Commissioner vs Tax Practitioners: “Do your due diligence”.

During the April 2024 SARS Revenue Results Announcement Media Conference, the SARS Commissioner brought to light concerning observations regarding non-compliance and delinquent behaviour by tax practitioners. By drawing a direct correlation between non-compliant tax practitioners and their “clients [who] are equally delinquent,” his remarks underscored the critical importance for taxpayers to carefully assess the quality […]