‘Settlement division could expedite resolution of lengthy tax disputes’
16 September 2013
Posted by: Author: Ingé Lamprecht
Author: Ingé Lamprecht (MoneywebTax)
The establishment of a settlement division within the South African Revenue Service (Sars) could provide much needed relief to taxpayers who otherwise might need to face lengthy court battles in order to get clarity on technical tax issues.
Patricia Williams, head of the Tax Dispute Resolution and Controversy Management division at Deloitte, says while a Service Monitoring Office (SMO) within Sars does exist, it only deals with problems of a procedural nature.
Additionally, a Tax Ombud (TO), which according to the Tax Administration Act, has to be appointed by October 1 this year, will only have jurisdiction over procedural issues and not over the technical merits of a case, such as the interpretation of the law or the accuracy of a tax assessment.
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