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Media Releases for 2021

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IRS Criminal Investigation and SARS join forces to fight international crimes

Published Date: 06/07/2021

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) enforcement divisions are joining forces to fight tax and economic crimes affecting both countries.

SARS and SAICA sign MOU to help capacitate revenue collector

Published Date: 06/07/2021

The Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Mr Edward Kieswetter, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA), Mr. Freeman Nomvalo, have agreed to establish a mutually beneficial partnership to build capability in SARS.

Claiming home office expenses

Published Date: 01/07/2021

SARS has recently published an update on its website in relation to home office expenses. This statement serves to provide additional clarity for individual taxpayers who may be considering submitting claims for home office expenses in their income tax returns that that can now be filed for the 2021 tax year.

Launch of Filing Season: Statement by the SARS Commissioner

Published Date: 01/07/2021

It’s the first ever launch of a completely virtual Tax Filing season. There are no physical branches open for in person public engagement. For at least the next 6 weeks, as we find ourselves in the cauldron of the third wave, all engagements with taxpayers will be through our on line digital offerings.

Trade Statistics for May 2021

Published Date: 30/06/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for May 2021 recording a preliminary trade balance surplus of R54.60 billion.

SARS takes a precautionary approach in the midst of rising COVID-19 cases

Published Date: 24/06/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) notes with deep concern the devastating impact of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

SARS destroys illicit cigarettes valued at R17 million

Published Date: 22/06/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has begun to destroy more than 2000 master boxes of illicit cigarettes with potential protected revenue estimated at R17.4 Million in Pretoria today.

SARS’s dismissal of former Chief Legal Officer Refiloe Mokoena is fair

Published Date: 15/06/2021

SARS welcomes the decision by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) that its dismissal of former Chief Legal Officer Adv Refiloe Mokoena was fair.

Implementation of the policy directive for the Administration of the Automotive Production Development Programme post 2020

Published Date: 14/06/2021

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition issued a policy directive in terms of section 5 of the International Trade Administration Act, 2002, requesting the International Trade and Administration Commission to assist in the implementation of the Automotive Production and Development Programme post 2020 (APDP Phase II) in order to replace the current APDP.

Illegal cigarettes valued at millions of rands seized and destroyed

Published Date: 11/06/2021

Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) this week scored several victories in the fight against the trade in illegal cigarettes with a search and seizure operation in three cities and a bust at the Kopfontein border post.

Review of Disability List

Published Date: 01/06/2021

SARS has noted the public comments following the publication of the draft “List of Qualifying Physical Impairment or Disability Expenditure” (the Disability List) for public comment.

Trade Statistics for April 2021

Published Date: 31/05/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for April 2021 recording a trade balance surplus of R51.24 billion.

9th Meeting of the Africa initiative

Published Date: 28/05/2021

The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) Mr Edward Kieswetter was speaking at the 9th meeting of the Africa Initiative which took place online from 26-28 May 2021, as part of Africa month. The conference also coincided with the launch of the “Tax Transparency in Africa 2021: Africa Initiative Progress Report”.

SARS urges employers to stick to deadline

Published Date: 25/05/2021

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) urges all employers to comply with their legal obligations regarding the annual Employers Filing Season by the deadline of 31 May to avoid penalties, interest and / or criminal charges.

SARS concerned as another Tax Practitioner sentenced for VAT non-compliance

Published Date: 21/05/2021

A Tax Practitioner, who tried to dodge his first court appearance but was later arrested, has been sentenced in the Bloemfontein Regional Court to 24 months imprisonment suspended in full for three years for 48 VAT offences.

SARS and NPA: Joint media statement on prioritising tax crime

Published Date: 14/05/2021

The Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) – Mr Edward Kieswetter, and the National Director for Public Prosecution (NDPP), Advocate Shamila Batohi, have agreed to further enhance collaboration and deal with key challenges of tax crime and non-compliance, eroding the tax revenue base and the integrity of the tax system.

SARS notes legal action by union partner Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA)

Published Date: 14/05/2021

The South African Revenue Service has noted that one of its union partners, the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) has opted to take legal steps to find a solution to the matter of salary increase between SARS and organised labour.

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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