What’s New at SARS

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2023

17 May 2023 – Customs and Excise Act, 1964: Publication details for tariff amendment notice R3413, as published in Government Gazette 48605 of 17 May 2023, are now available.

SARS survey is legit

17 May 2023 – SARS will be distributing a survey to taxpayers with disabilities. The survey results will assist to understand their views and to help SARS improve on its processes. If unsure whether communication from SARS is legit, see the Current Surveys, SMSs and Emails webpage.

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2023

16 May 2023 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964: The tariff amendment notice, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relates to the amendments to –

  • Part 1 of Schedule No. 2, by the insertion of various items under heading 204.05, in order to impose anti-dumping duties on frozen potato chips originating in or imported from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, classifiable under tariff subheadings 2004.10.21 and 2004.10.29 – ITAC Report 706.

Publication details will be made available later


Legal Counsel – Interpretation Notes 61–80

16 May 2023 – Income Tax Act, 1962

Legal Counsel Archive – Interpretation Notes

16 May 2023 – Income Tax Act, 1962


15 May 2023 – A new tender has been published. Click here to view the documents relating to the Acquisition of Software Asset Management Tool, Professional Services and Maintenance and Support tender.

Webinar on Third-Party Appointment and Employer Reconciliation

15 May 2023 – Invitation to webinar on Third-Party Appointment and Employer Reconciliation on 18 May 2023.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) invites employers to a webinar on Third-Party Appointment and Employer Reconciliation for 2023.

A Third-Party Appointment is an official instruction from SARS to a taxpayer’s employer or fund manager to deduct admin penalties owed to SARS. Employers can use the [email protected] channel to carry out that instruction according to the SARS directive.

The aim of the webinar is to educate employers on the process mentioned above, and how to submit the employer reconciliation. This is in line with our strategic objectives of providing taxpayers with clarity and certainty, as well as making it easy for them to comply with their tax obligations.

As an important stakeholder, we invite you to join the webinar, and to extend the invitation to other interested parties.

The following topics will be covered:

The details of the webinar are as follows:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to log in to the webinar, for an opportunity to have your questions answered during the session. The webinar will also be recorded and published on the SARSTV YouTube channel afterwards.

Or watch it live via our SARSTV YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUCbhGV01dY


Legal Counsel – Preparation of Legislation – Explanatory Memoranda

12 May 2023 – Income Tax Act, 1962

  • Explanatory Memorandum – Notice issued in terms of paragraph 2D of the Second Schedule, relating to tax exemption of bulking payments to former members of closed retirement funds

Mobile Tax Units and Tax Workshops

12 May 2023 – Mobile tax services for Mpumalanga province during May to June 2023 have been published. See the schedules here.

Media release – SARS detects unusually high number of suspicious VAT registrations

11 May 2023 – SARS is committed to paying legitimate refunds to qualifying taxpayers as and when they become due. In line with this commitment in the 2022/23 financial year a record R381bn in refunds were paid of which R319bn were VAT refunds.

SARS has noticed a trend of suspicious registrations by VAT vendors. In the month of April, specifically, we saw a significant spike that required us to conduct an urgent review of our registration process. A key strategic objective and design principle of our administration platform is to provide ease of registration. This must be balanced with the risk of abuse and attempts by individuals to obtain a VAT number and claim fraudulent refunds.  We were alerted by our sophisticated risk engine that there was an unusual increase in the number of registrations, all of which were suspicious.

See the full media statement here.

Bulk payments on eFiling

8 May 2023 – Bulk and additional payments have been updated on eFiling. The following has changed:

The Payment Reference Number (PRN) that comes through admin penalty for the bulk payment will be rejected if it is processed incorrectly –

    • When the zeroes (0) or just a nine (9) are being used for admin penalty (the ITPEN), it will be rejected as the zeroes (0) can be used only for PAYE and Assessed tax.
    • A rule for Admin Penalty (ITPEN) has been added in the guide.

See the updated Guide to Bulk and additional payments on eFiling here.

Third Party Data Annual Submissions – Only 3 weeks to the DUE DATE

8 May 2023 – This communication serves as a reminder that the due date for the SARS Third Party Data Annual Submissions 2023 for the period 1 March 2022 – 28 February 2023 opened on 1 April 2023 and will close on 31 May 2023.  Submissions in respect of data files and declarations of the various reportable data types, are now due.

As of this morning, we have received 35% of the expected submissions for this period.

If you have already made your respective submissions, we thank you kindly for your voluntary compliance.

You are encouraged to make your submissions ahead of the due date to avoid last minute challenges and potential delays that you may encounter.

For more information, please see the Third Party Data Submission Platform webpage.

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