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A full Bench of the Western Cape High Court has held that there had been an ‘unreasonable exercise of the discretion’ by SARS in considering a taxpayer’s grounds for requesting a remittance of a penalty of R1 064 607.69, which had been levied for the late payment of employee pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax.
‘The Jacob Zuma Foundation, which is tax exempt according to SARS’ website, does not seem to be carrying out public benefit activities for the benefit of, or widely accessible to, the general public. It appears to be focusing only on its founder and speaking on his behalf, as well as raising money on his behalf.’
SARS’ Criminal and Illicit Economic Activities division has traced stolen VBS money through two front companies into EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu’s FNB Private Wealth bank account, according to Scorpio investigative reporter Pauli van Wyk.
Gupta-linked company Regiments Capital is approaching the courts to set aside a tax assessment of R680m against the company, Rapport reports.
SARS says it has obtained a civil judgment and a writ of execution to attach assets belonging to GladAfrica Management Services over an unpaid debt of R88m.
Despite his buoyant attitude following the postponement of his criminal trial for corruption last week, Jacob Zuma has a lot on his plate, including a legal bill mountain that awaits settlement.
SARS’ continued attack on the ability of taxpayers to claim relief for the education costs of the disabled has been described as ‘mean and disrespectful’, according to a Moneyweb report.
The Hawks in Johannesburg have arrested two former SARS auditors for alleged tax crimes worth some R321m.
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter yesterday said there were encouraging signs of progress at the organisation, but there was still a long way to go.
SARS is not entitled to claim nearly R140m from jeans maker Levi Strauss, the SCA has ruled – even if some of Levi's tax calculations are dubious.
Two men have been rearrested after being on the run from the law for eight years. According to a report in The Citizen, the suspects were arrested about 17 years ago for their involvement in a refund for a false VAT input claim to the value of R2.7m.
The SCA has ruled that Massmart could not claim nearly R1bn worth of losses from the taxman for a share incentive scheme implemented 20 years ago for senior managers.
Samsung has come out on the wrong end of a dispute with SARS over import duties on cellphones at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria).
Absa’s recent court victory fuelled hope that taxpayers could bypass the protracted and prohibitively expensive dispute-resolution process when engaging in battle with SARS.
In a legal victory that could save companies time and possibly money, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) affirmed Absa’s contention that it can bypass a mandated ‘protracted slog’ through a dispute resolution mechanism to resolve a difference with SARS.
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has confirmed a section 163 (preservation) order granted to SARS in September last year against luxury car-loving businessman Thabiso Hamilton Ndlovu and several companies that have been described by the presiding judge as ‘mere fronts’.
TLU South Africa has launched a campaign for the cost of high walls, security cameras, burglar alarms, electric fences, razor wire, armed-response services, guard dogs, home insurance and expenses of home security measures and equipment to be tax deductible.
Government’s imposition of temporary bans on tobacco and alcohol sales was intended to curtail the consumption of tobacco and alcohol during the pandemic.
‘The days of wealthy taxpayers’ tax compliance status not being fully tested by SARS are well and truly over,’ says ENSafrica’s tax department head Peter Dachs.
The state cannot claim the millions in the Israeli bank accounts of fraud-accused attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff because it was the same money for which it granted them amnesty three years ago for sending out of the country unlawfully during apartheid.