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Media Release Archive – 2014

30 December 2014 – Trade Statistics for November 2014

Published Date: 30/12/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for November 2014 that recorded a trade deficit of R5.70 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


4 December 2014 – Preliminary Outcome of the 2014 Tax Season

Published Date: 04/12/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has again recorded consistent growth in the levels of tax compliance in the country with 5.32 million income tax returns submitted during the 2014 Tax Season.


5 December 2014 – Media Statement by SARS Commissioner

Published Date: 04/12/2014

There have been media allegations against some of the Senior Officials within South African Revenue Service (SARS). The allegations were initially levelled against Mr. Johan Van Loggerenberg. After these allegations surfaced, Mr. Ivan Pillay, who was the Acting Commissioner, appointed a panel to investigate the existence and truthfulness of the allegations, and Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane SC, together with his panel of senior advocates were accordingly tasked to investigate the allegations.


2 December 2014 – Resignation of SARS COO

Published Date: 02/12/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) wishes to announce that, after nearly 9 years, its Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr Barry Hore, will regrettably be leaving SARS by the end of December 2014.


28 November 2014 – Trade Statistics for October 2014

Published Date: 28/11/2014

The R21.33 billion deficit for October 2014 is due to exports of R89.00 billion and imports of R110.32 billion. Exports decreased from September to October by R1.63 billion (-1.8%) and imports increased from September to October by R16.65 billion (17.8%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R95.11 billion compared to R73.08 billion in 2013.


18 November 2014 – Final week of 2014 Tax Season

Published Date: 18/11/2014

The 2014 Tax Season ends on Friday 21 November 2014.


4 November 2014 – Joint Media Release by the National Treasury and SARS for the 2014 Tax Statistics

Published Date: 04/11/2014

The 2014 Tax Statistics bulletin was released today. This is the seventh edition of the publication.


31 October 2014 – Over 41kg rhino horn seized at OR Tambo International

Published Date: 31/10/2014

Today the SARS Customs Team at OR Tambo International Airport has stopped over 41kg of rhino horns – with a total value of over R4.5 million – leaving the country.


31 October 2014 – Trade Statistics for September 2014

Published Date: 31/10/2014

The R2.91 billion deficit for September 2014 is due to exports of R90.79 billion and imports of R93.71 billion. Exports increased from August to September 2014 by R14.00 billion (18.2%) and imports increased from August to September 2014 by R0.17 billion (0.2%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R73.74 billion compared to R63.07 billion in 2013.


15 October 2014 – 200kg Crystal Meth seized at OR Tambo International

Published Date: 15/10/2014

The SARS Customs Team at the OR Tambo International cargo section identified two separate consignments that had arrived in Johannesburg from Benin for further checks.


30 September 2014 – Trade Statistics for August 2014

Published Date: 30/09/2014

The R16.30 billion deficit for August 2014 can be attributed to exports of R77.24 billion and imports of R93.53 billion. Exports decreased from July to August by R8.19 billion (9.6%) and imports increased from July to August by R1.28 billion (1.4%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R70.74 billion compared to R51.88 billion in 2013.


15 September 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for August 2014

Published Date: 15/09/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of August 2014.


3 September 2014 – Appointment of an external Committee of Investigation

Published Date: 03/09/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is a crucial fiscal institution in a democratic South Africa. It is an institution whose very foundations are built on the trust and the credibility that South African taxpayers confer on it.


29 August 2014 – Trade Statistics for July 2014

Published Date: 29/08/2014

The R6.88 billion deficit for July 2014 can be attributed to exports of R85.37 billion and imports of R92.26 billion. Exports increased from June to July by R5.40 billion (6.8%) and imports increased from June to July by R11.82 billion (14.7%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R55.49 billion compared to R41.11 billion in 2013.


31 July 2014 – Trade Statistics for June 2014

Published Date: 31/07/2014

The R0.19 billion deficit for June 2014 can be attributed to exports of R80.27 billion and imports of R80.46 billion. Exports increased from May to June by R2.89 billion (3.7%) and imports decreased from May to June by R4.36 billion (5.1%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R48.27 billion compared to R35.57 billion in 2013.


17 July 2014 – Serving taxpayers for an extra 67 minutes on Mandela Day

Published Date: 17/07/2014

SARS branch offices across the country and the SARS Contact Centre will be open for an extra 67 minutes on Friday 18 July 2014, to assist taxpayers in the spirit of Mandela Day.


16 July 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for May 2014

Published Date: 16/07/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of June 2014.


1 July 2014 – Launch of 2014 Tax Season

Published Date: 01/07/2014

This annual campaign has evolved into an important partnership between government and taxpayers who make a vital contribution to our country’s tax system.


30 June 2014 – Trade Statistics for May 2014

Published Date: 30/06/2014

The R6.57 billion deficit for May 2014 [trade deficit R15.56 billion] can be attributed to exports of R78.36 billion [R67.53 billion] and imports of R84.93 billion [R83.09 billion]. Exports increased [decreased] from April to May by R0.45 billion (0.6%) [R0.78 billion (1.1%)] and imports decreased from April to May by R5.37 billion (5.9%) [R5.01 billion (5.7%)]. The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R47.13 billion [R88.77 billion] compared to R34.56 billion [R67.22 billion] in 2013.


13 June 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for May 2014

Published Date: 13/06/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of May 2014.


9 June 2014 – United States and South Africa Sign an Intergovernmental Agreement to Share Tax Information

Published Date: 09/06/2014

South African Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Mr Patrick H. Gaspard, today signed an intergovernmental agreement to improve international tax compliance and to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.


30 May 2014 – Trade Statistics for April 2014

Published Date: 30/05/2014

The R13.03 billion deficit for April 2014 [trade deficit R20.53 billion] can be attributed to exports of R77.42 billion [R67.72 billion] and imports of R90.45 billion [R88.25 billion]. Exports decreased [increased] from March to April by R2.06 billion (2.6%) [R0.01 billion (0.02%)] and imports decreased from March to April by R0.91 billion (1.0%) [R1.01 billion (1.1%)]. The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R40.96 billion [R73.70 billion] compared to R30.66 billion [R55.92 billion] in 2013.


26 May 2014 – Compromise agreement offer with Mr JS Malema

Published Date: 26/05/2014

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) welcomes the fact that Mr Julius Malema has acknowledged his failure to comply with his past tax obligations.


14 May 2014 – Submission Period for Employers for the 2014 Tax Season

Published Date: 14/05/2014

On Friday, 16 May 2014 a Public Notice will be published in the Government Gazette requiring employers in the country to submit their payroll data to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for the 2014 Tax Season by 30 May 2014. Click here to check availability of the notice.


30 April 2014 – Trade Statistics for March 2014

Published Date: 30/04/2014

The R11.39 billion deficit for March 2014 [trade deficit R21.16 billion] can be attributed to exports of R80.26 billion [R68.39 billion] and imports of R91.65 billion [R89.55 billion]. Exports decreased from February to March by R2.51 billion (3.0%) [R3.93 billion (5.4%)] and imports increased from February to March by R9.52 billion (11.6%) [R9.65 billion (12.1%)]. The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R27.69 billion [R53.04 billion] compared to R21.61 billion [R40.28 billion] in 2013.


14 April 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for March 2014

Published Date: 14/04/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of March 2014.


9 May 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for April 2014

Published Date: 09/04/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of April 2014.


7 April 2014 – Minister Gordhan Officially Launches Tax Ombud’s Office

Published Date: 07/04/2014

The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan today (7 April 2014) officially launched the SA Tax Ombud whose objective is to review and address complaints by taxpayers regarding service, procedural or administrative issues relating to their dealings with the SA Revenue of Service (SARS). As announced in October 2013, retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe is the Tax Ombud.


3 April 2014 – Specifications for the reporting of information under FATCA, AEOI and domestic law

Published Date: 03/04/2014

On 8 February 2013, the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced the start of negotiations with the US Department of the Treasury to enter into an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with respect to the USA’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The wording of a draft IGA has now been agreed upon and will be signed at Governmental level as soon as possible.


1 April 2014 – Preliminary Outcome of Revenue Collection for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year

Published Date: 01/04/2014

The 1st of April is traditionally the day we report our preliminary revenue outcome within twelve hours after the close of the fiscal year at midnight on the 31st of March.


31 March 2014 – Trade Statistics for February 2014

Published Date: 31/03/2014

The R1.72 billion surplus for February 2014 [trade deficit R6.54 billion] can be attributed to exports of R83.93 billion [R73.42 billion] and imports of R82.21 billion [R79.96 billion]. Exports increased from January to February by R6.14 billion (7.9%) [R5.09 billion (7.5%)] and imports decreased from January to February by R12.51 billion (13.2%) [R12.75 billion (13.8%)]. The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R15.21 billion [R30.92 billion] compared to R20.25 billion [R32.24 billion] in 2013.


28 February 2014 – Trade Statistics for January 2014

Published Date: 28/02/2014

The R17.06 billion deficit for January 2014 [trade deficit R24.58 billion] can be attributed to exports of R77.67 billion [R68.16 billion] and imports of R94.73 billion [R92.73 billion]. Exports increased [decreased] from December to January by R0.10 billion (0.1%) [R0.54 billion (0.8%)] and imports increased from December to January by R19.75 billion (26.3%) [R19.61 billion (26.8%)]. The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R17.06 billion [R24.58 billion] compared to R17.64 billion [R23.55 billion] in 2013.


7 February 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for January 2014

Published Date: 07/02/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of January 2014.


31 January 2014 – SARS welcomes High Court judgment

Published Date: 31/01/2014

Judgment was delivered earlier today in the Gauteng North High Court confirming a preservation order granted to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) over the South African assets of Mr Mark Krok (the respondent).


31 January 2014 – South African Trade Statistics for December 2013

Published Date: 31/01/2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics that includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS) for December 2013 that recorded a trade surplus of R2.78 billion [trade deficit R4.31 billion].


10 January 2014 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for December 2013

Published Date: 10/01/2014

he South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of December 2013.


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