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Media Release Archive – 2017

28 December 2017 – Trade Statistics for November 2017

Published Date: 28/12/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for November 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R13.02 billion.


15 December 2017 – SARS to collect Sugar Tax from 1 April 2018

Published Date: 15/12/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will collect the Sugary Beverages Levy (SBL) as from 1 April 2018.


13 December 2017 – 12 Years for VAT fraudster

Published Date: 13/12/2017

A Cape Town man was sentenced to twelve years effective imprisonment for large-scale Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Monday, 11 December 2017.


13 December 2017 – Staff resignations decline at SARS

Published Date: 13/12/2017

The number of staff who have resigned from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has declined dramatically over the past four years.


12 December 2017 – Tax statistics for 2017

Published Date: 12/12/2017

The National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service are pleased to announce the release of the 10th annual edition of the Tax Statistics today, on Tuesday 12 December 2017.


11 December 2017 – Lackay loses CCMA case against SARS

Published Date: 11/12/2017

SARS notes and welcomes the outcome of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration’s award on Mr Adriaan Lackay’s constructive dismissal case.


4 December 2017 – Makwakwa was not paid a bonus

Published Date: 04/12/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS)  wishes to correct inaccurate and untrue media reports that Chief Officer: Business & Individual Tax, Mr Jonas Makwakwa was paid a bonus while on suspension.


30 November 2017 – Trade Statistics for October 2017

Published Date: 30/11/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for October 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R4.56 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


27 November 2017 – Moyane breaks silence on Makwakwa

Published Date: 27/11/2017

SARS notes with deep concern media reports spreading the allegation that there has been impropriety on the part of Commissioner Tom Moyane in dealing with the disciplinary investigation into Chief Officer: Business & Individual Taxes, Mr Jonas Makwakwa.


26 November 2017 – 5.6-million tax returns submitted with R18.5 billion refunds paid to individuals

Published Date: 26/11/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) paid R18.5 billion to 2.22 million taxpayers at the close of tax season for non-provisional taxpayers- a 26% increase from last year, on Friday, 24 November.


22 November 2017 – SARS not opposed to releasing Makwakwa reports

Published Date: 22/11/2017

SARS has noted numerous requests from Parliament, civic organizations and the media to disclose two reports regarding the allegations against Chief Officer: Business & Individual Taxes, Mr Jonas Makwakwa.


22 November 2017 – Tax season deadline reminder: 3 days left!

Published Date: 22/11/2017

Taxpayers have three days left before tax season closes at midnight on Friday, 24 November for non-provisional taxpayers.


16 November 2017 – Tax Season – One week left

Published Date: 16/11/2017

Non-provisional individual taxpayers have one week left to file their tax returns before Tax Season officially closes for this category of taxpayers on Friday, 24 November 2017.


15 November 2017 – SARS busts 15.1kg of crystal/ephedrine worth R4.5-million

Published Date: 15/11/2017

SARS Customs officials intercepted a passenger from Lagos, Nigeria arriving from Ethiopia carrying 15.1kg of crystal / ephedrine estimated at R4.530 000  at the OR Tambo International airport yesterday.


3 November 2017 – SARS Customs uncover undeclared currency worth R6,2 Million

Published Date: 03/11/2017

South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officials made a massive currency bust of undeclared foreign and local currency worth R6,2 Million at King Shaka International Airport yesterday.  


3 November 2017 – SARS to take criminal action against breach of confidentiality of taxpayer information

Published Date: 03/11/2017

SARS has noted the widespread media reports on the Sunday Times’ lead story, Gangster Republic (29 October) which is an extract from Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers – Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison.


1 November 2017 – Tax season – 24 days to go

Published Date: 01/11/2017

Taxpayers urged to avoid last minute rush. Non-provisional taxpayers have 24 days to file their tax returns before Tax Season officially closes for this category of taxpayers on Friday, 24 November 2017.


31 October 2017 – Trade Statistics for September 2017

Published Date: 31/10/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for September 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R4.00 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


30 October 2017 – Jonas Makwakwa to return to SARS

Published Date: 30/10/2017

SARS wishes to announce that after approximately a year in suspension, Chief Officer: Business & Individual Tax (BAIT),  Mr Jonas Makwakwa, will return to the organisation with effect from 1 November 2017.


30 October 2017 – SARS has paid over R120-billion in refunds

Published Date: 30/10/2017

More than R20 billion saved in fraudulent claims. SARS is pleased to announce that it has paid over R120-billion in refunds across all tax types in the last 7 months, that is, from the beginning of April of the tax season to date.


26 October 2017 – SARS celebrates 20 years of excellent service

Published Date: 26/10/2017

The South African Revenue Service will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the month of October 2017. Celebrations will take place at its branches throughout the country under the theme At Your Service.


19 October 2017 – Almost 12 000 taxpayers assisted on Saturdays

Published Date: 19/10/2017

SARS is pleased to announce that almost 12 000 taxpayers have been served to make tax submissions since SARS extended its operating hours to Saturdays at selected branches around the country on 30 September.


19 October 2017 – SARS busts heroin, illegal skin cream and clothes worth R20-million

Published Date: 19/10/2017

SARS Customs officials and detector dogs intercepted heroin, illegal skin lightening cream and counterfeit clothes with a combined value of over R20-million in three difference incidents at King Shaka International Airport today.


16 October 2017 – SARS [email protected] workshops on employer reconciliation submission

Published Date: 16/10/2017

With less than three weeks to go before the employer reconciliation submission deadline on 31 October, SARS will be hosting workshops at selected branches to assist employers who use [email protected]™ Employer to submit their EMP501 to SARS. 


13 October 2017 – Cocaine Bust OR Tambo

Published Date: 13/10/2017

South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officials seized 30kg of cocaine estimated at close to R9-million in two separate incidents at OR Tambo International Airport today.


10 October 2017 – Over R1-billion from SVDP and still counting

Published Date: 10/10/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) thanks over 2000 taxpayers who made use of the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme which closed on 31 August 2017.


6 October 2017 – SARS to help deaf and blind taxpayers

Published Date: 06/10/2017

SARS is continuing with its outreach project to assist the Deaf and Blind communities nationally with tax matters.


3 October 2017 – Over 2.7-million submit tax returns

Published Date: 03/10/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is pleased to announce that more than 2.7-million taxpayers have submitted their tax returns since the opening of the tax season in July 2017.   


29 September 2017 – Trade Statistics for August 2017

Published Date: 29/09/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for August 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R5.94 billion.


28 September 2017 – SARS branches to open on Saturdays until 18 November

Published Date: 28/09/2017

SARS will be extending its office hours at selected branches throughout the country to Saturdays between 08:00 – 13:00 from 30 September until 18 November 2017.


28 September 2017 – SARS to clamp down on outstanding tax returns and debt

Published Date: 28/09/2017

SARS reminds all taxpayers that in accordance with the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011 (TAA) and specifically Section 234 (d), it is a criminal offence not to submit a tax return for any of the tax types they are registered.


22 September 2017 – SARS to proceed with Symington disciplinary hearing

Published Date: 22/09/2017

SARS notes and welcomes the Pretoria High Court judgement that has dismissed the case with legal costs on the matter of principal specialist in legal counsel, Vlok Symington.


18 September 2017 – SARS responds to KPMG

Published Date: 18/09/2017

SARS notes the media statement which was issued by KPMG international on the 15 September 2017. The statement includes KPMG International’s action pertaining to among other things, the setting aside of the conclusions and recommendations of the ‘Allegations of Irregular and Misconduct’ report, (Report). 


12 September 2017 – SARS Customs intercepts 700 chicken packages at Beitbridge

Published Date: 12/09/2017

SARS Customs officials intercepted a truck carrying 700 packages of chicken estimated at R711 000 from South Africa to Zimbabwe at Beitbridge border post on Sunday, 10th September 2017.


7 September 2017 – SARS detector dogs find 2.2 kg cocaine bullets in socks

Published Date: 07/09/2017

SARS Customs and the Detector Dog Unit intercepted 2.2kg of cocaine bullets estimated at R632 000 in a plane from Brazil at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday,6 September 2017.


4 September 2017 – SARS responds to Tax Ombud’s findings

Published Date: 04/09/2017

SARS is committed to its role as an efficient and effective tax authority, and we appreciate the Tax Ombud’s recognition that we cooperated with the Tax Ombud in this inquiry.


1 September 2017 – SARS employee Symington’s court application

Published Date: 01/09/2017

SARS has noted media reports that Mr. Vlok Symington has approached the High Court in Pretoria for a declaratory order and an urgent interdict against a pending disciplinary action.


31 August 2017 – Trade Statistics for July 2017

Published Date: 31/08/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for July 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R8.99 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


29 August 2017 – Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme closing on 31 August 2017

Published Date: 29/08/2017

The final date for submitting an application under the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is still 31 August 2017.


24 August 2017 – Seven days to go before SVDP deadline

Published Date: 24/08/2017

There are seven days left before the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) closes on 31 August and tax authorities set to begin exchanging data on offshore investments automatically.


17 August 2017 – 95 years for VAT fraudsters

Published Date: 17/08/2017

Three men, accused of fraudulently claiming Value Added Tax refunds to the value of approximately R300 million, were sentenced in the Gauteng South High Court on Wednesday, 16 August 2017  to a total of 95 years imprisonment – 25 years for Fraud, 25 years for Uttering, 25 years for Forgery and 20 years for Money Laundering.


4 August 2017 – Moyane Dubai trip

Published Date: 04/08/2017

SARS has noted the media coverage which purports that Commissioner Tom Moyane met members of the Gupta family.


1 August 2017 – One month left for SVDP

Published Date: 01/08/2017

Taxpayers are reminded of the looming deadline for the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) on 31 August 2017.


1 August 2017 – SARS to help deaf and blind taxpayers

Published Date: 01/08/2017

SARS has embarked on an outreach project to serve and educate the Deaf and Blind communities on tax compliance in specified regions around the country on Thursday, 3 August. 


31 July 2017 – Trade Statistics for June 2017

Published Date: 31/07/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for June 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R10.67 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


29 July 2017 – Alleged racism

Published Date: 29/07/2017

SARS has taken note of an alleged racism incident involving one of its officials at the OR Tambo International Airport  on Thursday, 27 July  2017.


21 July 2017 – SARS busts 29kg cocaine worth over R7.4-million

Published Date: 21/07/2017

SARS Customs officials and detector dogs intercepted 26kg of cocaine cosmetics estimated at R7.4-million from Sao Paolo, Brazil in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo at OR Tambo International Airport today, Friday 21 July.


14 July 2017 – SARS seizes cocaine and us dollars at OR Tambo International Airport

Published Date: 14/07/2017

SARS Customs seized 197kg cocaine and approximately R7 million in US dollars in two separate incidents at OR Tambo International Airport since the 5th July.


6 July 2017 – Tax Season 2017

Published Date: 06/07/2017

SARS would like to thank all those taxpayers who have already submitted their Income Tax Returns. As of 08:00 this morning 341 356 taxpayers have submitted their returns. The majority, 243 388 were submitted using eFiling, while 97 968 have submitted at a SARS branch.


3 July 2017 – Tax Season 2017 now open

Published Date: 03/07/2017

Tax Season 2017 officially opened on Saturday, 1 July 2017 for eFilers, and today for branch filers. Taxpayers can now commence completing and submitting their 2017 personal income tax returns for the 2016/17 tax year.


30 June 2017 – Trade Statistics for May 2017

Published Date: 30/06/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for May 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R9.50 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


20 June 2017 – SARS busts counterfeits worth R4.2-million over long weekend

Published Date: 20/06/2017

SARS Customs officials intercepted 10 bags and 3 boxes with counterfeit goods estimated at R4.2-million at OR Tambo International Airport over one day on the long weekend.


15 June 2017 – SARS intercepts 28.76kg rhino horns worth R6-million

Published Date: 15/06/2017

SARS Customs officials intercepted yet another suspicious bag with 28.76kg rhino horns valued at almost R6-million at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday, Wednesday, 14 June.


31 May 2017 – Trade Statistics for April 2017

Published Date: 31/05/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for April 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R5.08 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


28 April 2017 – Trade Statistics for March 2017

Published Date: 28/04/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for March 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R11.44 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


31 March 2017 – Trade Statistics for February 2017

Published Date: 31/03/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for February 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R5.22 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


28 February 2017 – Trade Statistics for January 2017

Published Date: 28/02/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for January 2017 recording a trade balance deficit of R10.81 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


31 January 2017 – Trade Statistics for December 2016

Published Date: 31/01/2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for December 2016 recording a trade balance surplus of R12.04 billion. The year-to-date deficit (01 January to 31 December 2016) of R2.92 billion is an improvement on the deficit for the comparable period in 2015 of R52.18 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


6 January 2017 – First week brings R4,3 Million worth of narcotics busts

Published Date: 06/01/2017

SARS Customs has intercepted seven kilograms of ephedrine and 86 litres of ecstasy worth a total of R4,3 Million during this first week of the year at OR Tambo International Airport.


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