Institution of Legal Proceedings

What is it?

The institution of legal proceedings is a process whereby a taxpayer delivers court papers to SARS requiring the Commissioner for SARS to appear and defend a matter in the High Court. Prior notice to SARS before the institution of the proceedings is required, unless the court otherwise directs, for example on the basis of urgency.
 
There are two different Acts in terms of which the institution of legal proceedings against the Commissioner for SARS is governed and although they have a similar purpose, their requirements are not identical. 
 
 

Why is it necessary?

Experience has shown that most parties to a dispute would generally prefer resolution over litigation and it is, therefore, necessary to have these measures in place for the following reasons:
  • To avoid unnecessary and costly litigation.
  • If SARS receives prior notice of an intended court application, it will ensure that the matter is brought to the attention of an appropriate senior official.
  • The senior official can then use the prior notice period productively to investigate or review the merits of the intended application and, if appropriate, resolve the dispute before formal court proceedings.
  • The compulsory prior notice is mitigated by the ability of a court on application by the intended applicant to waive formal compliance in urgent cases, but the applicant bears the burden of proving urgency.
  • The prior notice requirement will ensure that resolution is sought timeously, which would lessen the burden on the court system.
 
 

How does it work under the Customs and Excise Act, 1964?

Section 96 prescribes the process by which any legal proceedings against the State, the Minister, the Commissioner or an officer are instituted. This may not be instituted before one month after the delivery of a notice informing the Commissioner of the intended legal proceedings in the specific format and manner as prescribed by rule.
 
 
The rules for section 96 indicate that a notice in terms of section 96 must be delivered (refer to the definition in rule 96.01) in a particular manner.
 
Therefore, any notice or process by which legal proceedings are instituted in terms of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, must be as follows:
 
​What? How? Where?
​Duly completed and signed by the litigant:
  • Form DA 96
    (Notice in terms of section 96(1)(a) of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964)
Any of these methods of delivery -
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Registered Post
  • Hand delivery
Note:
If delivered per fax or email, the original signed document must be handed in or sent by registered post within 10 days after it was faxed or emailed.
​Mrs L Odendaal
The Manager: Litigation (Customs)
Legal Counsel

Physical Address:
First Floor
Khanyisa Building
271 Bronkhorst Street
Nieuw Muckleneuk
Pretoria
0001

Postal Address:

Private Bag X923
Pretoria
0001

Tel: +27 12 422 5113
Fax: +27 86 615 6471
Email: LOdendaal@sars.gov.za
 
 
 

How does it work under the Tax Administration Act, 2011?

There are different places where documents, notices, applications or requests are to be filed, depending on the authority in the Act and prescribed procedures in the rules thereto.
 
 

Tax Court or Tax Board or High Court?

The rules issued under section 103 (ADR rules) provide for taxpayers to, after the ADR process has been finalized, make an application to either the Tax Board or the Tax Court as well, depending on the amount involved.
 
  • Here you can access the ADR rules:  Public Notice 550 (GG 37819 of 11 July 2014)
  • Here you can access the Notice in relation to the addresses where documents, notices or requests are to be delivered:  Public Notice 295 (GG 38666 of 31 March 2015)  New!
 
The different addresses at which documents, notices or requests must be delivered in the different circumstances, are listed below:
 
 
A.  Delivery to SARS under Rule 2(1)(c)(ii) New!

Where a document, notice or request is required to be delivered and no specific address is listed under the Rules, the addresses listed in this paragraph must be used.
 
It can also be handed in to SARS at any SARS branch office.
 
1.1  Electronic Addresses: New!
 
Region
Email
​Fax number 
 

​North South Africa:

Gauteng North (includes Tshwane and Centurion), North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo

 

+27 12 670 6880

 

Central South Africa:

(including Midrand, the greater Johannesburg area, Kempton Park, Boksburg, Vereeniging and Springs), Free State and Northern Cape

Contact.central@sars.gov.za ​+27 10 208 5005

Eastern South Africa:

Taxpayers residing in KZN and the northern parts of the Eastern Cape (up to and includig East London)

Contact.east@sars.gov.za ​+27 31 328 6018

​Southern South Africa:

Taxpayers residing in the Eastern Cape south of East London and in the Western Cape

Contact.south@sars.gov.za ​+27 21 413 8905


1.2  Postal and Physical Addresses: New!

 

 Office
Postal Address
Physical Address 
 
​Alberton
Private Bag x15
Alberton
1450
St Austell Street
Mackinnon Crescent
New Redruth
Alberton
1449
Bellville

​Private Bag x11

Bellville

7530

​Corner of Teddington & De Lange Road

Bellville

7530

Doringkloof

​PO Box 436

Pretoria

0001

​7 Protea Street

Centurion

Pretoria

0157

​Durban

​PO Box 921

Durban

4000

​201 Dr Pixley KaSeme Street

Durban

4001

 
 
 
B.  Registrar of the Tax Court in terms of Rule 3(1) read with Rule 2(1)(c)(iii)
 
The Tax Court hears tax appeals involving tax in dispute under the ADR rules of section 103. Appeals are lodged after the taxpayer has already gone through the ADR process, but still wants to pursue the matter further.
 
All documents, notices or requests intended for the Registrar of the Tax Court, must be delivered at this address:
 
Name of Section
Physical Address for Service​
​Contact Details
 
​Office of the Registrar: Tax Court
Chief Registrar: Tax Court
 
Office of the Registrar: Tax Court
First Floor​​
Khanyisa Building
271 Bronkhorst Street
Nieuw Muckleneuk
0181
 

Fax​​: +27 12 422 5012

Email: RegistrarTaxCourt@sars.gov.za

 
 
 
C.  Clerk of the Tax Board
 
The Tax Board hears tax appeals involving tax in dispute that does not exceed the amount determined by the Minister under section 109(1)(a).  This amount has been R500 000 with effect from 1 May 2007 and is effective (refer to section 269 of the Tax Administration Act) until a new one is issued.
  • Here you can access the Notice on the amount: Notice 271 (GG 29741 of 28 March 2007)
  • Here you can access the ADR rules:  Public Notice 550 (GG 37819 of 11 July 2014)
  • Here you can access the Notice in relation to the addresses where documents, notices or requests are to be delivered:  Public Notice 295 (GG 38666 of 31 March 2015)  New!
 
All documents, notices or requests intended for the Clerk of the Tax Board, must be delivered at these addresses:  New!
 
 
 
SARS Region
Physical Address
Electronic Addresses 
 
Head Office
 

271 Bronkhorst Street

Khanyisa Building

Ground Floor

Nieuw Muckleneuk

Pretoria

0001

 

Fax: +27 12 647 2719

Email: TaxBoard.HeadOffice@sars.gov.za

Limpopo, North West, and Mpumalanga

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

40 Landdros Maree Street

Polokwane

0699

Fax: +27 86 575 2630

Email: TaxBoard.LimpNWandMP@sars.gov.za

Gauteng North

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

Riverwalk Office Park

Matroosberg Road

Pretoria

0001

Fax: +27 10 208 3067 
Gauteng South

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

Alberton Campus

Saint Austell Road

New Redruth

Alberton

1450

Fax: +27 86 612 1643 
Gauteng Central

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

Megawatt Park - LBC Office

Maxwell Drive

Sunninghill

Fax: +27 86 513 1758 
Enforcement

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

Megawatt Park - LBC Office

Maxwell Drive
 
Sunninghill

Fax: +27 86 611 3615

Email: TaxBoard.TCEI@sars.gov.za

Western Cape

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

18th Floor Sanlam Building

Project 166

22 Hans Strydom Avenue

Cape Town

8001

Fax: +27 10 208 1961
KwaZulu-Natal

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

7th Floor Albany House

61/62 Margaret Mncadi Avenue (previously Victoria Embankment)

Durban

4001

Fax: +27 86 617 7595 
Free State

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

Fedsure Building

49 Charlotte Maxeke Street

Bloemfontein

9301

Fax: +27 501 3201 
Eastern Cape

​SARS - Legal Delivery, Support & Partnership (LDS&P)

Revenue Building

Corner St Mary's Terrace and Whyte's Road

Central

Port Elizabeth

6001

Fax: +27 10 208 3053
 
 
 
D. High Court (Section 11)
 
Section 11 of the Tax Administration Act provides that-
 
"unless the court otherwise directs, no legal proceedings may be instituted in the High Court against the Commissioner unless the applicant has given the Commissioner written notice of at least one week of the applicant's intention to institute the legal proceedings. The notice or any process by which the legal proceedings referred to in subsection (4) are instituted, must be served at the address specified by the Commissioner by public notice."
  • Here you can access the Notice on section 11: Public Notice 223 (GG 37498 of 31 March 2014) 
 
 Any notice or process that is instituted under section 11-
  • Must be served electronically via email to HighCourtLitigation@sars.gov.za or via facsimile to (+27) 10 208 2092
  • May also be served at the physical or electronic address in the applicable regions at the offices of the Clerk of the Tax Board indicated above. It will be routed from there to the High Court Litigation Unit

 

​SARS Region

Physical Address for service​

​Contact Details ​ ​

​Contact Person
Position

Tel / Fax / Email

​Head Office
Gauteng North
Gauteng Central
Gauteng South
LBC matters
TCEI matters

​SARS - High Court Litigation Unit, Dispute Resolution

1st Floor
Khanyisa Building
271 Bronkhorst Street
Nieuw Muckleneuk
0181

Zweli Nyikiza
Administrative Assistant, High Court Litigation Unit

​Tel: +27 12 422 6963

Fax: +27 10 208 2092

Email: HighCourtLitigation@sars.gov.za

 

 

 

 

 

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