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

13 May 2022 – Tax Administration Act, 2011

Whether the respondent has shown good cause for its default to timeously file the statement and whether the court should condone the late filing of the respondent’s statement in terms of Tax Court Rule 31 and direct that the appeal (against the imposition of understatement penalties) proceeds on the merits. If the failure is not condoned, whether default judgment in terms of Rule 56(1)(a), read with section 129 of the Act 28 of 2011 should be granted in favour of the applicant.

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2022

13 May 2022 – Publication details for tariff amendment notice R.2081, as published in Government Gazette 46358 on 13 May 2022, are now available.

Protests in Musina likely to affect movement at Beit Bridge border post

12 May 2022 – SARS wishes to make you aware of protests currently taking place in and around Musina. Frustrations around service delivery failures are said to be at the root of the protests and have led to burning of objects and blocking of roads, which might hinder travellers moving in and out of Musina through the Beit Bridge border post.

At this point, the situation seems to be worsening, with police having fired rubber bullets near the Musina Mall to disperse crowds. In addition, the protests continue to take place sporadically at night.

During this time, you are kindly advised to keep your vehicles in the truck parks around the border vicinity, and delay going to Musina until the protests have subsided. Travellers wanting to use the Beitbridge border post are advised that they may use the Groblers Bridge border post along the N11. Note that this is the only alternate border post in the Limpopo Province.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused during this time and appeal to all traders and travellers to avoid points of protest and keep safe.

SARS is hiring

12 May 2022 – We are hiring! SARS is seeking to appoint a results driven, self-directed leader with a strong higher purpose and service orientation to assume the role of SARS Company Secretary. For more detail, see the job advertisement here.

Legal Counsel – Legal Counsel Archive – Binding General Rulings

12 May 2022 – Binding General Rulings (BGRs)

  • BGR 30 – Allocation of Direct and Indirect Expenses within and between an Insurer’s Funds
  • BGR 8 (Issue 2) – Application of the Principles Enunciated by the Brummeria Case

Legal Counsel – Legal Advisory – Interpretation Notes – IN 101 – 120

12 May 2022 – Interpretation Notes (INs)

  • IN 119 – Deductions in Respect of Improvements to Land or Buildings not Owned by a Taxpayer
  • IN 102 (Issue 2) – Classification of Risk Policy

Legal Counsel – Legal Advisory – Interpretation Notes – IN 41 – 60

12 May 2022 – Interpretation Notes (INs)

  • IN 59 (Issue 2) – Tax Treatment of the Receipt or Accrual of Government Grants
  • IN 58 (Issue 3) – The Brummeria Case and the Right to Use Loan Capital Interest Free

Legal Counsel – Legal Counsel Archive – Interpretation Notes

12 May 2022 – Interpretation Notes (INs)

  • IN 102 – Classification of Risk Policy and the Once-off Election to Transfer Certain Policies or Classes of Policies Issued Before 2016 to the Risk Policy Fund
  • IN 59 – Tax Implications of the Receipt or Accrual of Government Grants and Government Scrapping Payments
  • IN 58 (Issue 2) – ​The Brummeria Case and the Right to Use Loan Capital Interest Free

Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2022

12 May 2022 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964: The tariff amendment notice, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relates to the –

  • imposition of provisional payment in relation to anti-dumping duties against the alleged dumping of spades and shovels of a maximum blade width of more than 150mm but not exceeding 200mm originating in or imported from the People’s Republic of China and the alleged dumping of spades and shovels of a maximum blade width of more than 200mm but not exceeding 320mm, picks, other rates (excluding those with not more than 8 prongs) and other forks, with a prong length exceeding 150mm originating in or imported from the Republic of India – ITAC Report 691 (up to and including 12 November 2022).

Publication details will be made available later

Legal Counsel – Dispute Resolution & Judgments – Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA): 2022-2020

12 May 2022 – Companies Act, 2008

Company law – business rescue – Companies Act 71 of 2008 – s 131(6) –interpretation – s 131(6) provides for the suspension of liquidation proceedings at the time a business rescue application is made – meaning of when business rescue application is ‘made’ – business rescue application must be issued, served by the sheriff on the company and the Commission, and each affected person must be notified of the application in the prescribed manner, to meet the requirements of s 131(6) in order to trigger the suspension of the liquidation proceedings – practice – judgments and orders – interpretation of order – applicable principles – determining the manifest purpose of the order – to be determined by also having regard to the relevant background facts which culminated in it being made

Legal Counsel – Dispute Resolution & Judgments – Constitutional Court

11 May 2022 – Tax Administration Act, 2011

Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011 – sections 172 and 174 – certified statement filed by South African Revenue Service to be treated as civil judgment – whether susceptible of rescission
Scope of Chapter 9 of Tax Administration Act – whether dispute about alleged payment of self-assessments within scope

Legal Counsel – Dispute Resolution & Judgments – Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA): 2022-2020

11 May 2022 – Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, 2000

Administrative law – Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (PAJA) – application for review of administrative action – delay in instituting application – s 7(1) of PAJA – no agreement between the parties under section 9(1) for extension of period prescribed in terms of section 7(1) – nor application to court under s 9(2) for extension of the prescribed 180 day period

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

11 May 2022 – High Court Judgments

  • Sasima Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (59288/2021) [2022] ZAGPPHC (6 May 2022)
  • Sookoo and Others v CSARS and Another (49048/21) [2022] ZAGPPHC 285 (3 May 2022)
  • Tunica Trading 59 (Proprietary) Limited v CSARS (A145/2021) [2022] ZAWCHC 52 (21 April 2022)
  • Structured Mezzanine Investments (Pty) Ltd and Another v CSARS (1824/2021) [2022] ZAECGHC (12 April 2022)
  • CSARS v Louis Pasteur Investments (Pty) Ltd and Others (12194/2017) 2022 ZAGPPHC 230 (11 April 2022)
  • L’Avenir Wine Estate (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (16112/2021) [2022] ZAWCHC 28 (11 March 2022)
  • Mohau and Another v CSARS (10743/2020) [2022] ZAGPPHC (8 March 2022)
  • Square Root Logistics (Pty) Ltd v CSARS and Others (D2068/2022) [2022] ZAKZDHC 11 (28 February 2022)
  • Silverback Technologies CC v CSARS (74019/2016); Omnico (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (13891/2017); Cytek Cycling Distribution CC v CSARS (15052/2017) [2022] ZAGPPHC (31 January 2022)
  • Cell C (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (30959-2019) [2022] ZAGPPHC 152 (11 March 2022)
  • Bechan and Another v SARS Customs Investigations Unit and Others (19626/2022) [2022] ZAGPPHC 259 (28 April 2022)
  • Africa Cash and Carry (Crown Mines) (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (15467-2021) [2021] ZAGPJHC (31 May 2021)
  • Airports Company South Africa SOC Ltd v CSARS (0092-2019) [2021] ZAGPJHC 354 (31 May 2021)

Summaries are available on the high court judgments page

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