20 August 2021 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has obtained a civil judgment and writ of execution to attach assets from the registered premises of a coal company, Shefa Group, in an effort to recover a tax debt of R15-million.
The tax debt arose because the taxpayer submitted PAYE, VAT, UIF and SDL returns without making any payment, as is required in law, to SARS. This is a criminal offence.
Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said: “SARS is taking a tough stance against companies who deduct taxes from employees and then fail to pay these taxes over to SARS, which is a legal requirement.”
The Commissioner added that these taxes are due to the fiscus and are not there for the company or its directors to obtain any personal or business benefit.
He further stated: “In these times of economic recovery which is being hampered by the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, government needs all the resources it can get to assist the poor and vulnerable and to provide tax relief to compliant companies. Our strategic objectives are clear. SARS will make it easy for taxpayers to comply, but will also make it hard and costly for non-compliant taxpayers who fail to comply with their obligations. Today’s action, and our ongoing efforts, are testament to our determination to root out such non-compliant companies.”