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Sars wants R110m from boss

17 February 2015   (0 Comments)
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The suspended deputy commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars), Ivan Pillay, has become the latest South African to be ordered to "pay back the money”, according to a report in City Press.

The Sunday newspaper has learnt that Pillay received a letter of demand for R110m at the same time that he was fighting his employer at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

READ: Pillay remains suspended - Sars

Last month the CCMA issued a terse statement saying Sars and Pillay had "settled … as a result of a successful conciliation process”.

But Sars still wants its money, which a highly placed source told City Press was for the operations of a high-risk spy investigation unit and its predecessor, the national research group.

This was the alleged spy unit whose existence has led to a highly-publicised implosion at Sars.

READ: Pillay and Sars settle

Commissioner Tom Moyane has suspended a number of senior executives in what his opponents consider a purge and his supporters say is a crucial clean-up in the wake of revelations about the spy unit.

A copy of Pillay’s disciplinary charge sheet, which City Press has in its possession and which is dated February 5, says that by setting up the unit Pillay elevated Sars’ staff costs by "more than R106m”.

The charge sheet shows Pillay faces 10 charges, including those for corruption and dishonesty and contravening Sars’ code of conduct, the Tax Act and the Public Finance Management Act.

READ: Sars suspends Pillay for second time

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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.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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