5 Top Tips to Understanding the Work of the Tax Ombud
08 October 2013
Posted by: Author: Stiaan Klue
Author: Stiaan Klue (The SAIT)
Judge Bernard Ngoepe inaugurated as South Africa’s first Tax Ombudsman.
Stiaan Klue, Chief Executive of the SA Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT), takes a closer look at this vital position and explains how the Ombud's office can assist the general tax payer in resolving their disputes with Sars.
Why a Tax Ombud?
The Tax Ombud serves to protect tax payer's rights and operates as a counter balance to the far reaching powers which the 2012 Tax Administration Act entrusted to Sars.
The Tax Ombud runs concurrently with other self-imposed checks by Sars, such as the taxpayer's right to request Sars to internally review a decision and other internal complaints resolution mechanisms.
Once all the other avenues of resolution have been explored by an aggrieved taxpayer, the Tax Ombud's provides a cost effective, final review on any operational complaints a taxpayer may have against Sars, without necessarily having to resort to litigation which can be prohibitively expensive in both time and cost.
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This article was first published on moneywebtax.co.za