What’s New at SARS

Status of SARS branch offices and contact centre

8 August 2022 – Our current call volumes are high and waiting times extremely long. A number of our branches are also closed for in person visits. All our online services are available and we encourage taxpayers to make use of these.

The status of the SARS tax branches today as at 9:30 and 13:00:

Region Open Offices Closed offices – servicing virtual
EC Uitenhage
  Gqeberha
  East London
  Mthatha
FS/NC Welkom
Bloemfontein
Kimberley
Kroonstad
Bethlehem
Upington
GN Doringkloof
Rissik Street
Randburg
Pretoria CDB
Ashley Gardens
Roodepoort

Soweto

GS Vereeniging Alberton Office
Benoni
Edenvale
Krugersdorp
Randfontein
Nigel
Springs
Boksburg
KZN Newcastle
Richardsbay
Port Shepston
Pietermaritzburg
Pinetown
Trescon Durban
Umhlanga
Limpopo Lebowakgomo
Polokwane
Sibasa
Giyani
MP Nelspruit
Witbank
Standerton
NW Mmabatho
Rustenburg
Klerksdorp
WC Bellville
Worcester
George
Beaufort West
Mitchells Plain
Paarl
Cape Town

 

EC = Eastern Cape

FS/NC = Free State/Northern Cape

GN = Gauteng North

GS = Gauteng South

KZN = Kwazulu-Natal

MP = Mpumalanga

NW = North West

WC = Western Cape

Excise – Taxing of Alcohol Powder Products

5 August 2022 – The current excise duty regime applies a flat excise rate of 34.7c/kg for traditional African beer powder. As there are similar products on the market, and in the interest of equity, these alcohol powder products will be included in the tax net with an excise rate equivalent to that of the traditional African beer powder from 1 October 2022. In terms of the National Treasury’s proposal, alcohol powder products classified as preparations for use in the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages will be taxed. See the letter to trade here.

Status of SARS branch offices and contact centre

5 August 2022 – Our current call volumes are high and waiting times extremely long. A number of our branches are also closed for in person visits. All our online services are available and we encourage taxpayers to make use of these.

The status of the SARS tax branches today as at 9:30. Scroll down for the Customs offices.

EC Uitenhage Open
EC East London Open
EC Gqeberha Open
EC Mthatha Closed
FS/NC Welkom Open
FS/NC Bloemfontein Open
FS/NC Kimberley Open
FS/NC Kroonstad Open
FS/NC Bethlehem Open
FS/NC Upington Open
GN Soweto Closed
GN Doringkloof Open
GN Rissik Open
GN Randburg Open
GN Roodepoort Open
GN Pretoria CDB Closed
GN Ashley Gardens Open
GS Alberton Office Closed
GS Benoni Closed
GS Edenvale Closed
GS Vereeniging Open
GS Krugersdorp Closed
GS Randfontein Closed
GS Nigel Closed
GS Springs Closed
GS Boksburg Closed
KZN Richardsbay Closed
KZN Port Shepstone Open
KZN Pietermaritzburg Closed
KZN Trescon Durban Closed
KZN Umhlanga Ridge Open
KZN New Castle Open
KZN Pinetown Closed
Limpopo Sibasa Open
Limpopo Giyani Closed
Limpopo Lebowakgomo Open
Limpopo Polokwane Closed
MP Witbank Open
MP Nelspruit Open
MP Standerton Open
NW Klerksdorp Open
NW Mmabatho Closed
NW Rustenburg Open
WC Bellville Open
WC Worcester Open
WC George Open
WC Beaufort West Open
WC Mitchells Plain Open
WC Paarl Open
WC Cape Town Open

EC = Eastern Cape

FS/NC = Free State/Northern Cape

GN = Gauteng North

GS = Gauteng South

KZN = Kwazulu-Natal

MP = Mpumalanga

NW = North West

WC = Western Cape

Customs Offices:

Region Customs Office Status
Limpopo Beit Bridge Open
Grobler’s Bridge Open
Mpumalanga Jeppes Reef Open
Lebombo Open
Mahamba Open
Mananga Open
Nerston Open
Oshoek Open
Free State Maseru Bridge Open
Ficksburg Open
Calendonspoort Open
Van Rooyenshek Open
DDU LDB Open
BFN Open
Qachasnek Open
Northern Cape Vioolsdrif Open
UPT Open
Nakop Open
North West Kopfontein Open
Skilpadshek Open
Ramathlabama Open
KwaZulu Natal Golela Open
Kosi Bay Open

Alert – Impact on Customs RLA system

5 August 2022 – The IBM Security Identity Manager  (ISIM) will be upgraded from Friday, 5 August at 17:00 until Saturday, 6 August at 02:00 in the early morning.  The change will impact new enrolments on the Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (RLA) system. In other words, enrolled traders will not be impacted, however no new enrolments will be possible for the duration of the change. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

SARS Pavilion branch office

4 August 2022 – The SARS Pavilion branch in Pretoria has been permanently closed, but staff continue to service clients. Tax practitioners are advised to book appointments via the usual channels if they need assistance from SARS (if they book via the SARS website: SARS Booking System, they should continue to choose the “Pavilion” option).

 

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2022

4 August 2022 – Customs & Excise Act, 1962: The tariff amendment notices, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relate to the amendments to –

  • Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, by the insertion of Additional Notes in Chapters 19 and 21 as well as new subheadings to provide for preparations for making alcoholic beverages, to give effect to the Budget proposals announced by the Minister of Finance on 23 February 2022;
  • Part 2A of Schedule No. 1, as a consequence to the amendment in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, to give effect to the Budget proposals announced by the Minister of Finance on 23 February 2022;
  • Part 7A of Schedule No. 1, as a consequence to the insertion of the new tariff subheading in Chapter 19 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, to give effect to the Budget proposals announced by the Minister of Finance on 23 February 2022; and
  • Part 1A of Schedule No. 6, as a consequence to the amendment in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, to give effect to the Budget proposals announced by the Minister of Finance on 23 February 2022.

These amendments are with effect from 1 October 2022

Publication details will be made available later

 

Status of SARS branch offices and contact centre

4 August 2022 – Our current call volumes are high and waiting times extremely long. A number of our branches are also closed for in person visits. All our online services are available and we encourage taxpayers to make use of these.

The status of the SARS tax branches today as at 9:30. Scroll down for the Customs offices.

EC Uitenhage Open
EC East London Open
EC Gqeberha Open
EC Mthatha Closed
FS/NC Welkom Open
FS/NC Bloemfontein Closed
FS/NC Kimberley Open
FS/NC Kroonstad Open
FS/NC Bethlehem Open
FS/NC Upington Open
GN Soweto Closed
GN Doringkloof Open
GN Rissik Open
GN Randburg Open
GN Roodepoort Open
GN Pretoria CDB Closed
GN Ashley Gardens Open
GS Alberton Office Closed
GS Benoni Closed
GS Edenvale Closed
GS Vereeniging Open
GS Krugersdorp Closed
GS Randfontein Closed
GS Nigel Closed
GS Springs Closed
GS Boksburg Closed
KZN Richardsbay Closed
KZN Port Shepstone Open
KZN Pietermaritzburg Closed
KZN Trescon Durban Closed
KZN Umhlanga Ridge Open
KZN New Castle Open
KZN Pinetown Closed
Limpopo Sibasa Open
Limpopo Giyani Closed
Limpopo Lebowakgomo Open
Limpopo Polokwane Closed
MP Witbank Open
MP Nelspruit Open
MP Standerton Open
NW Klerksdorp Open
NW Mmabatho Closed
NW Rustenburg Open
WC Bellville Open
WC Worcester Open
WC George Open
WC Beaufort West Open
WC Mitchell’s Plain Open
WC Paarl Open
WC Cape Town Open

EC = Eastern Cape

FS/NC = Free State/Northern Cape

GN = Gauteng North

GS = Gauteng South

KZN = Kwazulu-Natal

MP = Mpumalanga

NW = North West

WC = Western Cape

Customs Offices:

Region Customs Office Status
Limpopo Beit Bridge Open
Grobler’s Bridge Open
Mpumalanga Jeppes Reef Open
Lebombo Open
Mahamba Open
Mananga Open
Nerston Open
Oshoek Open
Free State Maseru Bridge Open
Ficksburg Open
Calendonspoort Open
Van Rooyenshek Open
DDU LDB Open
BFN Open
Qachasnek Open
Northern Cape Vioolsdrif Open
UPT Open
Nakop Open
North West Kopfontein Open
Skilpadshek Open
Ramathlabama Open
KwaZulu Natal Golela Open
Kosi Bay Open

Media Release – Clearing agent in court for defrauding SARS and importers

3 August 2022 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) notes the appearance of a clearing agent and his co-accused at the Durban Commercial Crime Court on 28 July 2022, for a customs and excise related fraud matter. The two were charged with defrauding SARS and their clients of more than R2 million. The matter has been postponed to 20 October 2022.

Jayson Perumal (43) of Dynamic Freight and Reshlan Pillay (38) were charged with fraud and various contraventions of the Customs and Excise Act. Both accused are out on bail.

It is alleged that Reshlan Pillay, director of Potenza Capital, and a clearing agent, processed customs entries whilst working with Jayson Perumal of Dynamic Freight, who was acting on behalf of various importers.  Potenza Capital is alleged to have submitted false documents to SARS, where the values of the goods, the goods themselves and the importers details were falsified, resulting in minimal duties and VAT paid over to SARS.

SARS is aware of these types of fraud and wants to warn clearing agents that they will face the full might of the law when arrested.  At the same time, SARS also wishes to warn the public, especially importers, to be vigilant when contracting with clearing agents. They need to be aware of the correct duties and VAT that need to be paid, and ensure that those amounts have actually been paid to SARS. In terms of the Customs and Excise Act, the importer is ultimately liable for the duties and VAT payable to SARS.

Importers should demand proof of their payments to SARS, relating to any of their imports, from clearing agents. SARS has established that some clearing agents wilfully under declare the value of goods by as much as 90%, through falsifying importation documents. However, they are alleged to claim the correct duties and VAT from their clients, whilst paying SARS the minimum duties and VAT. The clearing agents then allegedly pocket the difference, thereby enabling the low rates for their services, whilst defrauding both SARS and the importer.

The importer is in fact prejudiced twice if SARS audits these transactions and levy the correct amount of VAT and duties which is payable by the importer.  SARS is concerned about the scope of this scam, as investigations into similar schemes to the value of millions of Rands are currently being investigated in Gauteng and in the Western Cape.

SARS Commissioner Mr Edward Kieswetter expressed his satisfaction “that SARS is living up to its strategic objective of making it hard and costly for those that chose to engage in criminality when dealing with SARS”. While the matter remains sub-judice and its merits are still to be determined, he further said that “it is critically important that all role players act prudently and honestly when dealing with SARS”.

 

 

 

Status of SARS branch offices and contact centre

3 August 2022 – Our current call volumes are high and waiting times extremely long. A number of our branches are also closed for in person visits. All our online services are available and we encourage taxpayers to make use of these.

The status of the SARS tax branches today as at 9:30. Scroll down for the Customs offices.

EC Uitenhage Open
EC East London Open
EC Gqeberha Open
EC Mthatha Closed
FS/NC Welkom Open
FS/NC Bloemfontein Open
FS/NC Kimberley Open
FS/NC Kroonstad Open
FS/NC Bethlehem Open
FS/NC Upington Open
GN Soweto Open
GN Doringkloof Open
GN Rissik Open
GN Randburg Open
GN Roodepoort Open
GN Pretoria CDB Closed
GN Ashley Gardens Open
GS Alberton Office Closed
GS Benoni Closed
GS Edenvale Closed
GS Vereeniging Open
GS Krugersdorp Closed
GS Randfontein Closed
GS Nigel Closed
GS Springs Closed
GS Boksburg Closed
KZN Richardsbay Closed
KZN Port Shepstone Open
KZN Pietermaritzburg Closed
KZN Trescon Durban Closed
KZN Umhlanga Ridge Open
KZN New Castle Open
KZN Pinetown Closed
Limpopo Sibasa Open
Limpopo Giyani Closed
Limpopo Lebowakgomo Open
Limpopo Polokwane Closed
MP Witbank Open
MP Nelspruit Open
MP Standerton Open
NW Klerksdorp Open
NW Mmabatho Closed
NW Rustenburg Open
WC Bellville Open
WC Worcester Open
WC George Open
WC Beaufort West Open
WC Mitchells Plain Open
WC Paarl Open
WC Cape Town Open

EC = Eastern Cape

FS/NC = Free State/Northern Cape

GN = Gauteng North

GS = Gauteng South

KZN = Kwazulu-Natal

MP = Mpumalanga

NW = North West

WC = Western Cape

Customs Offices:

Region Customs Office Status
Limpopo Beit Bridge Open
Grobler’s Bridge Open
Mpumalanga Jeppes Reef Open
Lebombo Open
Mahamba Open
Mananga Open
Nerston Open
Oshoek Open
Free State Maseru Bridge Open
Ficksburg Open
Calendonspoort Open
Van Rooyenshek Open
DDU LDB Open
BFN Open
Qachasnek Open
Northern Cape Vioolsdrif Open
UPT Open
Nakop Open
North West Kopfontein Open
Skilpadshek Open
Ramathlabama Open
KwaZulu Natal Golela Open
Kosi Bay Open

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