Visit the national COVID-19 Online Resource and News Portal at www.sacoronavirus.co.za or see SARS COVID-19 news items and tax relief measures here.

What’s New at SARS

Third Party Data Submissions

  • 29 October 2021 – FINAL REMINDER! Third Party Data Bi-Annual Submissions from 1 September 2021 to 31 October 2021. Production Submissions ONLY 2 DAYS to the DUE DATE. You are encouraged to make your submissions ahead of the due date to avoid last minute challenges and potential delays.In this submissions period, we are implementing the updated IT3 business requirement specification (version 3.0.0-32) that is effective for reporting due 31 October 2021 onward. Should you experience any challenges while making your submissions, you are welcome to contact us by emailing SARS Third Party Data Support ([email protected])

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

Postponement of Registration Licensing and Accreditation (RLA) webinar

28 October 2021 – Due to Eskom’s implementation of Stage 4 load shedding, the Registration Licensing and Accreditation (RLA) webinar will be postponed to 4 November 2021.

The webinar was intended for SARS to inform and engage with valued customs clients and stakeholders regarding registration and licensing. We regret that the possible technical and connectivity difficulties that may be caused due to load shedding would hinder a productive and meaningful engagement with customs clients and stakeholders.

SARS acknowledges the importance of the RLA webinar and would want to do due diligence to this topic. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

The updated details of the event are as follows:

Theme: RLA Release 3

Date: Thursday, 4 November 2021
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Platforms: YouTube – https://youtu.be/hYzDpwJwp94

If you have questions about RLA Release 3, please email [email protected]

For a list of all webinars, see the Taxpayer and Trader Education webpage.

An update on Tax Directives

27 October 2021 – SARS will introduce enhancements to the Tax Directives process. The Trade Testing dates are 25 October 2021 – 22 November 2021 in order to prepare for the go-live date planned for December 2021. The exact date will be communicated closer to the time.  An updated Interface Specification is available, see IBIR-006 Tax Directives Interface Specification Version 6.203.

Keep an eye on the I want a Tax Directive webpage.

Scam

26 October 2021 – There is a new scam purporting to be from SARS, deceiving taxpayers about possible refunds. Do not open the link because it takes you to a phishing site.

Legal Counsel – Dispute Resolution & Judgments – High Court – High Court: 2022-2020

25 October 2021 – High Court Judgments 2022-2020:

  • CSARS v Samsung Electronics South African (Pty) Ltd (35255/2018) [2021] ZAGPPHC (12 October 2021)
  • CSARS v G W van der Merwe and Others (7255/2019) [2021] ZAWCHC (21 September 2021)

Invitation to Webinar on Customs Registration, Licensing and Accreditation

25 October 2021 – To all Customs Clients, you are invited to a live Webinar on Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (RLA). As you may know, RLA, an electronic platform where registration and licensing applications are managed, was implemented in April 2020. There have been several enhancements to the platform since its implementation with the most recent enhancement implemented on 10 September 2021. This most recent enhancement will allow certain client types who have to renew their licenses at regular intervals to do so via RLA on eFiling for the first time. Current Customs clients will eventually be allowed to re-register on the RLA system, starting soon with clearing agents and rolling out to remaining clients in a phased approach.

If you have questions during the webinar, please email [email protected]

Release Notes: [email protected]™ Employer

25 October 2021 – An upgraded [email protected]™ Employer version 7.1.9 was released. The changes are enhancement to the import validation process to include warnings when duplicate certificate numbers are used for different employees, updated EMP501 PDF form to include and display the reason provided for over- or understatement and adjustment to calculations on the EMP501 declaration page to include cents in amount fields. See the full release notes here.

To download the latest version of [email protected]syFile, click here.

 

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Rule Amendments 2021

23 October 2021 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964: Publication details for rule amendment notice R1084, as published in Government Gazette 45378 of 22 October 2021, are now available

Tender

22 October 2021 – RFP27/2021:   Updated invitation letter indicating the extension of the closing date from 1 November 2021 to 2 November 2021 due to the public holiday.

Third Party Data Submissions Platform – Planned Maintenance

22 October 2021 – Please note that the Production platforms for both Secure File Gateway and Connect:Direct will be temporarily offline for planned maintenance between 16:00 and 19:00 on Friday 22 October 2021.

Please do not submit any files in the Production environment during this time, as they will not be received or processed. Files already in the system will be paused and will continue processing upon conclusion of the maintenance.

For more information  see the Third Party Data Submissions Platform webpage.

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2021

21 October 2021 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964 (EPA): The tariff amendment notice, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relates to the amendments to –

  • Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, to give effect to the phase down of the rates of duty for 2022 in terms of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) (with effect from 1 January 2022).

Publication details will be made available later

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2021

21 October 2021 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964 (Harmonised System 2022): The tariff amendment notices, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relate to the amendments to –

  • Explanatory Memorandum, elaborates on specific changes included in the amendments of the Schedules to the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, in terms of the Harmonised System (HS) 2022;
  • Part 1 to Schedule No. 1, by the insertion, substitution and deletion of various notes, to implement the recommendations made by the WCO in order to implement HS 2022;
  • Part 1 to Schedule No. 1, to implement the recommendations made by the WCO, in order to implement HS 2022 on a 6-digit international level as well as the consequential amendment on a national (8-digit) level;
  • Part 2A to Schedule No. 1, as a consequence of the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Part 2B to Schedule No. 1, as a consequence of the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Part 3D to Schedule No. 1 as a consequence to the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No.;
  • Part 3E to Schedule No. 1, as a consequence of the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Part 1 to Schedule No. 3, as a consequence of the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Part 2 to Schedule No. 4, as a consequence of the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Part 3 to Schedule No. 5, as a consequence to the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Schedule No. 6, as a consequence to the implementation of HS 2022 in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1;
  • Correlation table – serves as a guide to assist with the transposition of goods on a national level but has no legal status;
  • Correlation table – serves as a guide to assist with the transposition of goods on a national level but has no legal status; and
  • FAQs for HS 2022

The aforementioned amendments are with effect from 1 January 2022.

Publication details will be made available later

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