SARS issued Binding Class Ruling (BCR) 037 on 23 January 2013.
This ruling deals with the question as to whether the transfer of equity shares held by a company to the shareholders of that company, in an unbundling transaction, will be exempt from dividends tax and securities transfer tax.
This ruling is valid for a period of 5 years from 19 November 2012, provided the transaction is concluded within a period of 3 years from 19 November 2012.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.