Barbara Curson
5 minute read
6 Oct 2020
8:24 am

Handling Sars is taxing

Barbara Curson

Does Sars perhaps have an underhanded reason for the reluctance to register start-ups for VAT? Or is it merely inefficiency?

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Following the campaign launched by the Office of the Tax Ombud in September, there has been much focus on taxpayers’ rights. Moneyweb receives many heartrending e-mails from distraught taxpayers about the problems they are experiencing with the South African Revenue Service (Sars). The Tax Ombud can only assist a taxpayer if it concerns a systemic issue with Sars, hence, for those taxpayers who cannot afford a tax practitioner, or for those who cannot afford the legal costs of litigation, they are left up the creek without a paddle. It is to be noted that “inaction” by Sars can also be...