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Media Releases for 2021

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Trade Statistics for March 2021

Published Date: 30/04/2021

Pretoria, 30 April 2021 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for March 2021 recording a trade balance surplus of R52.77 billion.


SARS receives over 88 000 job applications

Published Date: 15/04/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is pleased with the response to its call for applications for various vacancies that will be filled to enhance our capacity to improve our service to taxpayers and improve levels of compliance.


Illegal cigarettes valued at R18 million to be destroyed

Published Date: 08/04/2021

Various government departments fighting against illegal imports and exports will destroy 12 million illegal cigarettes with a market value of R18 million in Cape Town on Friday 9 April 2021.


SARS announces the preliminary revenue outcome for 2020/21

Published Date: 01/04/2021

SARS announces its preliminary revenue results outcome after a year of National COVID-19 lockdown regulations.


Long arm of the law nabs fraudsters after 8 years on the run

Published Date: 31/03/2021

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter welcomes the arrest of two convicted VAT fraudsters who thought they had escaped justice by disappearing off the face of the earth for eight years.


Trade Statistics for February 2021

Published Date: 31/03/2021

SARS today releases trade statistics for February 2021 recording a trade balance surplus of R28.96 billion.


SARS calls on employers to stick to deadline

Published Date: 29/03/2021

SARS urges all employers to comply with their legal obligations by submitting accurate information during the annual filing season for employers from 1 April to 31 May.


All forms of rental income must be declared to SARS

Published Date: 11/03/2021

SARS wishes to advise property owners whose properties are located in South Africa and who host fee-paying guests that the rental income they receive must be declared in their income tax return.


SARS calls on employers to prepare data for annual Employers Filing Season

Published Date: 05/03/2021

SARS is committed to providing certainty and clarity to all taxpayers and traders regarding their tax and customs obligations so that they can remain compliant and to ensure that transacting with the organisation is as simple and easy as possible.


Trade Statistics for January 2021

Published Date: 26/02/2021

SARS today releases trade statistics for January 2021 recording a trade balance surplus of R11.83 billion.


SARS increases its focus on wealthy individuals and offshore holdings

Published Date: 24/02/2021

For SARS to continue to provide a customized and seamless service to various categories of taxpayers, we are establishing a separate unit to focus on Individual Taxpayers with wealth and complex financial arrangements.


SARS welcomes the revised revenue estimate

Published Date: 24/02/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) welcomes the upwardly revised revenue collection estimate announced by the Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni in his 2021 Budget Review presentation in Parliament today.


Online filers have one week to meet deadline

Published Date: 08/02/2021

SARS reminds taxpayers that the Filing Season deadline for provisional taxpayers ends on 15 February 2021.


SARS Customs make a massive rhino horn bust worth R53-million

Published Date: 04/02/2021

SARS made a bust of rhino horn with an estimated value of R53 172 000, in a shipment destined for Malaysia.


Trade Statistics for December 2020

Published Date: 29/01/2021

SARS today releases trade statistics for December 2020 recording a trade surplus of R32.00 billion.


SARS extends Filing Season Provisional Taxpayer deadline for online filers

Published Date: 28/01/2021

SARS has noted with deep concern the unprecedented health challenge manifested through COVID-19 with the accompanying loss of lives and livelihoods.


SARS addresses Adobe termination of Flash Player

Published Date: 18/01/2021

SARS wishes to apologise unreservedly to all taxpayers for the disruption in services brought about by the termination of support of the Adobe Flash platform on 12 January 2021.


Former SARS Customs officer sentenced to an effective six years for corruption

Published Date: 15/01/2021

A former SARS Customs officer was this week sentenced to an effective six years in prison on two counts of corruption by the Musina Magistrate’s court.


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