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Media Release Archive – 2012

28 December 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for November 2012

Published Date: 28/12/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for November 2012 that record a trade deficit of R7.94 billion. 


14 December 2012 – Launch of the 2012-2013 festive season operation at the ports of entry

Published Date: 14/12/2012

The South African Government’s Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee (BCOCC) today released details of measures put in place to prevent possible congestion at the busiest Ports of Entry over December 2012 / January 2013 Festive Season period.


30 November 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for October 2012

Published Date: 30/11/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for October 2012 that record a trade deficit of R21.2 billion.


27 November 2012 – Preliminary Outcomes of the 2012 Tax Season-more than 5.6 million tax returns submitted

Published Date: 27/11/2012

Preliminary Outcomes of the 2012 Tax Season-more than 5.6 million tax returns submitted


26 November 2012 – SARS Customs stops over 54kg of drugs at OR Tambo

Published Date: 26/11/2012

In the last 72 hours (since the morning of Friday 23 November), the SARS Customs team at OR Tambo International Airport has seized over 54kg of drugs – worth almost R16 million – in 10 separate incidents.


23 November 2012 – Final Day of Tax Season 2012

Published Date: 23/11/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) would like to remind taxpayers that today is the last opportunity for most individual taxpayers to submit their annual income tax returns.


14 November 2012 – End of Tax Season approaching-Nine days left to submit tax returns

Published Date: 14/11/2012

SARS would like to remind taxpayers that there are just days remaining for the majority of individual taxpayers and trusts to submit their annual income tax returns.


9 November 2012 – Sentencing of Rhino Horn Smuggling Kingpin

Published Date: 09/11/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) welcomes the sentence handed down this morning by the Kempton Park regional court against a Thai national and prominent kingpin of an international rhino smuggling syndicate, Chumlong Lemtongthai (44).


5 November 2012 – SARS Customs prevents over 17kg of drugs entering the country

Published Date: 05/11/2012

In the space of 4 days (2 – 5 November), the SARS Customs team at OR Tambo International have prevented over 17kg of drugs from entering the country.


31 October 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for September 2012

Published Date: 31/10/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for September 2012 that record a trade deficit of R13.8 billion.


23 October 2012 – SARS Customs stops R7 million worth of cocaine entering the country

Published Date: 23/10/2012

Yesterday morning, 22 October 2012, a male passenger who had arrived in the country on flight SA223 from Sao Paulo in Brazil was identified for further customs checks by the SARS Customs team at OR Tambo International Airport.


22 October 2012 – 2012 Tax Statistics is released

Published Date: 22/10/2012

The 2012 Tax Statistics bulletin is released four months earlier than the previous four publications and precedes the tabling of the 2012 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by the Minister of Finance.


17 October 2012 – 15 year jail term for attempted bribery of SARS official

Published Date: 17/10/2012

The attempted bribery and subsequent intimidation of a SARS official has resulted in a 15-year jail term for a Gauteng man this week.


11 October 2012 – R3 million in smuggled cigarettes seized at Beit Bridge

Published Date: 11/10/2012

Working from a tip-off, the SARS Customs team at Beit Bridge Border Post this week (9 October) seized around R3 million in smuggled cigarettes which had been concealed in a fuel tanker crossing the border.


1 October 2012 – Commencement of the Tax Administration Act

Published Date: 01/10/2012

Tax Administration Act comes into effect today.


28 September 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for August 2012

Published Date: 28/09/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for August 2012 that record a trade deficit of R12.2 billion.


23 July 2012 – One Million Tax Returns submitted in record time

Published Date: 23/09/2012

By 07:30am this morning the South African Revenue Service (SARS) had received 1, 001,162 income tax returns for the 2012 Tax Season.


3 September 2012 – More help available for eFiling

Published Date: 03/09/2012

The latest service initiative by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to help taxpayers with eFiling went live this morning.


31 August 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for July 2012

Published Date: 31/08/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for July 2012 that record a trade deficit of R6.7 billion.


7 August 2012 – Border Posts closed

Published Date: 07/08/2012

The National Border Control Operational Committee has advised that the following Border Posts between South Africa and Lesotho have been affected by the current extremely cold weather conditions.


23 July 2012 – African treaty to reduce tax fraud and evasion

Published Date: 23/07/2012

The exchange of information among African tax administrations to combat fraud and tax evasion will be in the spotlight when member states of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) meet in Pretoria this week.


5 July 2012 – Promulgation of Tax Administration ACT 2011

Published Date: 05/07/2012

The Tax Administration Bill was promulgated into law yesterday (Act 28 of 2011) in Government Gazette 35491 of 4 July 2012. In terms of section 272 of the Act, the Act will come into operation on a date to be determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.


2 July 2012 – Media Statement by the Minister of Finance-Launch of the 2012 Tax Season

Published Date: 02/07/2012

Today we are proud to avail important new details of the 2012 Tax Season for individual taxpayers and trusts.


31 May 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for April 2012

Published Date: 31/05/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for April 2012 that record a trade deficit of R9.9 billion.


30 April 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for March 2012

Published Date: 30/04/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for March 2012 that record a trade deficit of R5.5 billion.


25 April 2012 – Implementing requirements for new dividends tax

Published Date: 25/04/2012

Companies and regulated intermediaries that need to submit tax returns and make payments to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for the new dividends tax have been able to do so from 20 April 2012. SARS eFiling or a SARS branch office may be used for this purpose.


1 April 2012 – Media Statement by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Pravin Gordhan, on the Preliminary Outcome of Revenue Collection

Published Date: 01/04/2012

The collection of tax revenue is one of the most informed indicators of how successful a country is in stimulating growth, development and investment in its economy; in encouraging its citizens to comply with its laws; and in maintaining an appropriate balance between its fiscal expenditure needs and available income streams.


30 March 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for February 2012

Published Date: 30/03/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for February 2012 that record a trade deficit of R7.5 billion.


29 March 2012 – Reminder to taxpayers of 30 March payment deadline

Published Date: 29/03/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) reminds taxpayers with payments due that the deadline for tax payments is Friday 30 March.


29 February 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for January 2012

Published Date: 29/02/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for January 2012 that record a trade deficit of R13.5 billion.


31 January 2012 – South African Trade Statistics for December 2011

Published Date: 31/01/2012

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for December 2011 that record a trade surplus of R4.7 billion.


29 January 2012 – Tax returns exceed 4 million milestone

Published Date: 29/01/2012

South African taxpayers have raised the tax compliance bar yet again.For the first time in this country’s history the number of individual tax returns received for any specific tax year has exceeded the 4 million mark.


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