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SARS no longer accepting old power of attorney forms at branches

29 October 2014   (5 Comments)
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Author: SARS

SAIT has been notified by SARS that the old power of attorney forms will not be accepted at their branches if they were completed and signed after October 2013. The old form will only be accepted if it was completed and signed before October 2013 and has not yet expired as per the 2 year limit. Tax practitioners are thus urged to have their clients complete the new power of attorney (TPPOA) form as any old forms signed after October 2013 may not be accepted at the branches. Additionally, tax practitioners wishing to delegate an employee to act on their behalf at a SARS branch must also make use of the ASPOA form.

We are aware that it is possible for practitioners using the old forms signed after October 2013 to be assisted at certain branches due to the differing practices across the SARS branches. Notwithstanding that, we urge members to at least have their clients complete the new TPPOA forms so as to eliminate the risk of being turned away at the branches. 

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Maria O. Coelho says...
Posted 03 November 2014
What happens if a power of attorney was filled no date put on and now they are overseas how can we help them
Jose A. Proenca says...
Posted 30 October 2014
What if the "taxpayer" is overseas (emigrant) and does not know his TAX NUMBER and requires the Tax Practitioner to ascertain information from SARS, such as for example his tax reference number ? The Tax number is a compulsory field ?? Chicken and egg ??
Alister van Zyl says...
Posted 30 October 2014
They notify SAIT that the old power of attorney will no longer be accepted, but some of the "new" forms are the older forms previously used? How are we moving forward?
Petrus J. Stols says...
Posted 30 October 2014
Ek stem saam met Victor se voorstel en spesifiek met betrekking tot die VAT103 registrasie sertifikaat.
Victor Terblanche says...
Posted 30 October 2014
Obtaining a POA from a client is a huge challenge and the standard POA is often not adequate for all purposes eg. does not allow the bearer to obtain a VAT 103 certificate. Can SAIT perhaps lobby for a POA to be electronically printed from the E-Filing profile as well as a VAT103 printed directly from the E-filing profile?



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