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Clampdown on rules for Chinese retailers welcomed

SA's largest apparel businesses and union representatives have welcomed the government clampdown on de minimus rules that have allowed Chinese retailers like Shein and Temu to bring goods into the country at a lower cost than rivals, reports Fin24.

SARS takes aim at Royal AM founder

Royal AM founder and businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize could lose a fleet of luxury cars because she owes SARS more than R37m in unpaid taxes.

'Blue lights' company owner and others face tax fraud charges

The Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court has released Vimpie Manthata, the owner of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, and two others on R10 000 bail each in their tax fraud case.

Tax Courts are not courts of law

After years of uncertainty, a full Bench of the High Court has ruled Tax Courts are not ‘courts of law’ and non-lawyers, including accountants, can represent taxpayers in any of the country’s Tax Courts.

PP denied access to Ramaphosa’s tax records

Public Protector (PP) Kholeka Gcaleka has argued in court papers that neither the provisions of the law nor legal precedent allowed her leeway to challenge SARS’ refusal to give her insight into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tax records, reports the Mail & Guardian.

MTN wins SARS case

MTN has successfully fended off allegations by SARS that it engaged in transfer pricing activities in its international operations, short-changing the tax agency.

SARS closes in on gold smugglers

SARS is closing in on companies it believes are key players in the gold-smuggling industry – an activity it said is bleeding the fiscus of bllions of rands.

Money-laundering ‘kingpin’ on the ropes

The net is closing in on the man allegedly at the centre of SA’s massive gold and tobacco money laundering machine.

Gold export dealer loses SARS search and seizure appeal

The SARS Illicit Economy unit has scored a victory in the SCA over the interpretation of the Tax Administration Act and warrants for search and seizure. The matter pertains to a raid on precious metals dealer, Bullion Star, in March 2022, after SARS obtained a warrant from the High Court in terms of section 59 of the Tax Administration Act (TAA) 28 of 2011.

SARS confirms R5bn Sasfin damages claim

SARS has confirmed it is suing Sasfin Bank for just shy of R5bn – more than half the bank’s balance sheet.

BP’s bid to appeal tax ruling dismissed

BP Southern Africa’s hopes of getting R224m in tax refunds from SARS were dashed on Friday when the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) refused it leave to appeal against a previous dismissal of its claim.

SARS rejects moves to release Zuma’s records

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter says he won’t budge in his refusal to release former President Jacob Zuma’s tax records. This is despite a Constitutional Court ruling that blanket tax secrecy is unconstitutional.

EOH and SARS finally settle ‘legacy’ issues

The EOH Group has agreed to pay SARS R112m to settle what it calls the last of the legacy issues that management has to deal with since taking over five years ago, reports Fin24.

How AI helped SARS claw back R210bn

The Minister of Finance last year allocated R1bn a year – for three years – to SARS for its modernisation programme.

SARS claims R4.87bn from Sasfin for damages

SARS has issued Sasfin Bank with a summons for more than R4.87 bn in damages, plus interest and costs due to the unpaid taxes of former clients, reports Fin24.

Bank going after troubled businessman’s assets

Troubled businessman Leeroy Sidambe faces yet another financial hurdle as a commercial entity wants to cancel its business ventures with his company Sakhile Eweni and possibly auction his matrimonial home and luxury car.

Steinhoff exec to be tried for €26m tax evasion

As SA investigators continue to drag their feet in charging anyone connected to Steinhoff, another executive who worked for the retailer is set to go on trial in Germany, this time for tax evasion, reports Fin24.

ConCourt reserves judgment in Coronation appeal

SARS’ view of tax regulations regarding foreign subsidiaries’ exemption from income tax will ‘materially impede SA tax residents’ from competing on a level playing field in foreign markets.

Consultancy ordered to return R52m over job scam

A Gauteng consultancy walked away with millions of rands in profit after promising the provincial government it would create 75 000 internships for unemployed youths in the province over three years, but ended up creating just 142 such opportunities.

SARS slaps Sodi with R400m bill

SARS is going after of controversial businessman Edwin Sodi, threatening to seize his assets if he fails to pay more than R400m of his outstanding tax debt, reports City Press.

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