Clearing agent in court for defrauding SARS and importers

he South African Revenue Service (SARS) notes the appearance of a clearing agent and his co-accused at the Durban Commercial Crime Court on 28 July 2022, for a customs and excise related fraud matter. The two were charged with defrauding SARS and their clients of more than R2 million.

Trade Statistics for June 2022

SARS today releases trade statistics for June 2022 recording a preliminary trade balance surplus of R24.23 billion attributable to exports of R184.61 billion and imports of R160.38 billion. 

Media update on the ongoing SARS strike

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) remains committed to resolving the ongoing industrial action with organised labour. As communicated earlier, SARS does not determine its own budget, but relies on funding allocation from National Treasury. It is within this context that SARS commenced negotiations with its partners in labour.

SARS Media Release on the Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s (CRRC) matter

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) welcomes the judgment by the North Gauteng High Court dismissing the Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s (CRRC) application to have SARS return money taken from its bank accounts in terms of third party appointments under section 179(6) of the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011 as part of SARS efforts to collect outstanding taxes.

SARS Customs puts contingency measures in place at border posts during strike

15 July 2022 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) would like to assure traders and travellers that it has put various contingency measures in place at land border posts to ensure minimal disruption during the current industrial action at SARS. SARS will ensure that the following capabilities remain available throughout the duration of the […]

SARS remains open for further engagement with labour

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) wishes to confirm that PSA and NEHAWU members have embarked on an industrial action as per the notice given by the union to SARS Management. The resumption of strike follows its temporary suspension by the PSA in May, and union leadership has indicated that they intend to remain on strike until SARS improves its wage offer

Trade Statistics for May 2022

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for May 2022 recording a preliminary trade balance surplus of R28.35 billion.  The R28.35 billion preliminary trade balance surplus for May 2022 is attributable to exports of R179.46 billion and imports of R151.11 billion.

2022 Tax Filing Season 

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has made significant changes to the 2022 Tax Filing Season. This year, over 3 million individual non-provisional taxpayers, have been auto-assessed by SARS and will not have to file a tax return if they are satisfied with the outcome. 

SARS media statement

SARS has noted the recent allegation made in the press and social media that the Commissioner for SARS is a director of a company owned by President Ramaphosa. It is insinuated that SARS has therefore remained silent about the tax matters of President Ramaphosa.

SARS sews victory protecting the textile industry

The South African Revenue Service welcomes the unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (“the SCA”) which has affirmed its procedure and right to seize goods which have been under-declared when crossing South Africa’s borders.