Media Release Archive 2009


  • Seizure of illicit goods – 15 January 2009
    Pretoria, 15 January 2009 — A joint operation today between Customs officers from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and investigators from the Department of Environmental Affairs (the “Green Scorpions”) in Gauteng uncovered various illicit goods and smuggling networks



  • South African Trade Statistics for December 2008 – 30 January 2009
    Trade deficit decreases in December 2008 from R12.1 billion to R9.0 billion mainly due to a month-on-month reduced imports of machinery, base metals, vehicles and motor vehicle parts, and a month-on-month increase in exports of precious metals and stones, and vegetable products.




  • SARS cautions taxpayers on fraud scams – 9 February 2009
    Pretoria, 9 February 2009 — The South African Revenue Service (SARS) would like to caution taxpayers against a number of scams currently underway which seek to defraud taxpayers of money or to obtain their bank and other personal details



  • SARS busts VAT fraud syndicate – 17 February 2009
    Pretoria, 17 February 2009 — Another VAT refund fraud scam was uncovered with the arrest in Kimberley yesterday16 February 2009 of five Ivory Coast nationals for their alleged in involvement in a syndicate.



  • South African Trade Statistics for January 2009 – 27 February 2009
    Pretoria, 27 February 2009 — The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for January 2009 that record a trade deficit of R17.4 billion.
    SARS and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have agreed on a methodology on the calculation and publication of the trade statistics with regards to the temporary importation of gold. For the sake of clarity SARS and the SARB have agreed to publish trade data without temporary imported gold being reflected.















  • Extended hours as Employer Filing Season deadline approaches. – 27 May 2009
    Pretoria 27 May 2009 -The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will be extending its business hours at all its branches to assist with the increase in Employers submitting their payroll records ahead of the 30 May deadline. From today, SARS branches will remain open till 6pm daily and from 8am to 1pm on Saturday 30 May.





  • SARS Customs seizes R3.6million worth of Ephedrine – 15 June 2009
    Pretoria, 12 June 2009 – SARS Customs today seized Ephedrine with a street value of R3, 6 million at OR Tambo International this morning. Ephedrine is regarded as the base for most narcotics and is utilised frequently in the manufacturing of Mandrax. The shipment had arrived from Sao Paulo.


  • SARS briefing to the SCOF in Parliament – 22 June 2009
    Pretoria, 22 June 2009 — Please be advised that the Acting SARS Commissioner, Mr. Oupa G. Magashula, and members of the SARS Executive, will tomorrow, 23 June 2009, brief the Standing Committee on Finance on the SARS Strategic Plan for 2009/10.


  • Penalty letters to employers – 25 June 2009
    25 June 2009 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has since yesterday issued penalty letters to about 7 000 employers in the country who failed to submit their payroll information to SARS by this year’s deadline of 31 May.



  • SARS Media Release – Launch of Tax Season 2009 for South African Taxpayers – 1 July 2009
    Pretoria 1 July 2009 – Today marks the start of the 2009 Tax Season with the opening of the filing period for income tax returns for millions of South Africa’s individual taxpayers and trusts.
    From today these taxpayers can begin to submit their income tax returns to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) electronically, or request SARS to issue them with a customised, pre-populated tax return (the paper version) for manual submission.









  • SARS Responding to industrial action – 6 September 2009
    Pretoria, 6 September 2009 – SARS met with the negotiating teams from the National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the Public Service Association (PSA) at the National Bargaining Forum (NBF) on Saturday and Sunday and tabled a revised wage offer.




  • SARS Update on Industrial Action – 9 September 2009
    Pretoria, 9 September 2009 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has evaluated the impact of the 3rd day of industrial action on its operations and can confirms that close to 80% of SARS personnel reported today for duty.



  • Update on Tax Season 2009 – 16 September 2009
    Pretoria, 16 September 2009 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has received more than 1.5 million tax returns since the filing period for Tax Season 2009 opened on 1 July this year


  • Wage Settlement with Unions – 16 September 2009
    Pretoria, 16 September 2009 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the two public sector unions – Nehawu and the PSA – this afternoon concluded a wage settlement agreement at the National Bargaining Forum (NBF).














  • Office hours extended ahead of Tax Season deadline – 16 November 2009
    Office hours extended ahead of Tax Season deadline

    Pretoria, 16 November 2009 – The South African Revenue Service will from today, Monday 16 November 2009 extend its hours of operation at all branch offices to assist taxpayers trying to meet the 20 November deadline for the electronic submission of tax returns.



  • South Africa to chair new African tax forum – 19 November 2009
    Kampala, Uganda, 19 November 2009 – The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service, Mr Oupa Magashula, was elected unanimously today as the chairperson of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) at its inaugural conference in Kampala, Uganda.


  • Tax Season 2009 sets phenomenal new records! – 27 November 2009
    Pretoria, 27 November 2009 – By the Tax Season deadline on Friday 20 November 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) had received a remarkable, new record number of over 4 million returns for individuals and trusts that were submitted, exceeding the 2008 filing experience by a some 800 000 or 26%!




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