SARS’s mandate is to:
- Collect all revenues due.
- Ensure optimal compliance with Tax, Customs and Excise legislation.
- Provide a customs and excise service that will facilitate legitimate trade as well as protect our economy and society.
SARS is driven by the aspiration to contribute directly to the economic and social development of the country by collecting the revenue due to enable government to deliver on its constitutional obligations, policy and delivery priorities in pursuance of better life for all in South Africa. By encouraging tax and customs compliance, we also aspire to contribute to the building of fiscal citizenship reflected by a law abiding society.
The anchor for SARS to deliver on this mandate is the higher purpose and values which drives and informs all SARS employees’ behaviour.