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The new SARS Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter took office on 1 May 2019. In a letter to staff he acknowledged that the task ahead is daunting, and any attempt to restore SARS to the admired and respected organisation it once was, starts with acknowledging the extent of our current challenges and openly discussing how this came about.

Mr Kieswetter referred to the damage state capture had inflicted on SARS and said the corrupt and narrow interests of certain groups of individuals were served. He said that SARS got caught up in state capture and that anyone who is still indifferent or in denial about the damage caused, is either genuinely ignorant, or in one or other way, complicit.

He emphasised that the Higher Purpose is the most important guiding principle that SARS employees serve because the work we do has an impact on all South Africans. He reiterated that SARS’ commitment to a Higher Purpose will ensure that the impact of our collective work contributes to a South Africa that thrives and is on a path to sustainable economic growth for the material, social and spiritual wellbeing of all our people.

In order to achieve this he outlined the following requirements:

  • Public trust and confidence in SARS must be restored
  • We must create an enabling environment that raises awareness and ensures that the  public can fulfil their obligation to pay tax with minimal effort
  • The SARS Compliance Programme is clear and creates certainty for taxpayers,
  • The South African Compliance Culture has positively improved
  • Tax, Customs and Excise revenues due is collected when it is due

Decisive action is taken against those who for any reason fail to honour their  obligation.

Mr Kieswetter expressed his sincere wish that the rebuilding of SARS will be a shared ambition that needs everyone’s support and said that he was looking forward to engaging with stakeholders on the way forward.

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